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ValleyCare Hosts Successful Bone Marrow Drive

Hospital news | Monday, May 7, 2012

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – A bone marrow registry drive held at ValleyCare for Pleasanton native Janet Liang, was overwhelmingly successful, according to a representative from with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program® called Be The Match®. Janet, an Amador High School graduate, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia while finishing her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2009. She is currently on a race to find a match to save her life by June.

The ValleyCare drive, held on April 30 and May 1 at the Livermore and Pleasanton ValleyCare campuses, registered over 100 concerned individuals including employees, physicians and community members. "The turnout at ValleyCare was excellent," said Brett Benzer, founder of Thriving Lives Foundation, a Pleasanton non-profit organization affiliated with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, which is focused on growing the national registry. "It only takes one person to be a match, and registering supports patients like Janet and others around the country." Joining the marrow registry is simple and painless. It only requires a cheek swab and completing a short form, which takes less than10 minutes.

If you would like to host a drive, or are interesting in joining the registry to help Janet and others like her find a match,visit www.HelpingJanet.com, www.ThrivingLivesFoundation.org, or The National Bone Marrrow Donor Program® Be The Match® at www.marrow.org.