Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Oct 082016
 
Adam Krief with his young family

Adam Krief with his young family. He DOESN’T want to leave them behind.

Adam lives in Los Angeles. He is a member of our community. Anything L.A. Magazine serves millions of Angelenos and asks YOU to get tested as a potential donor for Adam Krief. We are organizing a Bone Marrow Donor Drive in the hope of finding a match for Adam Krief. (The drive will take place on Saturday, October 29th 2016 between 10 am and 3 pm in a Private Residence at 6430 Varna Ave. in Valley Glen, CA 91401.)

The test itself is only a Q-Tip swab of saliva taken from the inside of a cheek. No pain and no loss. There is something else you also need to know, even though the bone marrow donor drive is organized to save Adam Krief’s life, the donor law is inclusive and non-discriminatory. No one can get tested to be a match for Adam, only. Anyone willing to get tested becomes registered in the bone marrow registry. You won’t make an actual donation – or be asked to make one – unless you are a match for someone in need. If you are not a match for Adam, you may be a match for someone else and be called to donate. (You’ll always have the option to agree or not.)

Here is the full information about the test:

  • The compatibility test consists of two steps: signing up for the Be The Match National Bone Marrow Registry and a few swabs inside the cheek. The test is really fast, simple and painless.
  • The cotton swabs get sent for analysis. You may or may not be a match for Adam Krief. You may be a match for someone else.

What if you are a match? (Either for Adam or someone else?) First and foremost, you need to know that the process and recovery are easier, faster and generally, less painful for the donor than for the recipient.

There are two methods of donating:

PLEASE NOTE: The donation that Adam Krief needs is the NON-SURGICAL, peripheral blood stem cell donation.

 

The PBS (peripheral blood stem cell) method: “70% of the time donors are asked to give stem cells present in their blood”. (Quoted from MarrowDrives.org)

The PBS (peripheral blood stem cell) method
Additional information about donating peripheral blood stem cells

The bone marrow donation: “30% of the time, donors are asked to give stem cells extracted from their bone marrow. (The majority of bone marrow donations are for children as they experience a higher success rate with a bone marrow transplant as opposed to PBSC.)” (Quoted from MarrowDrives.org)

The bone marrow donation
Additional information about donating bone marrow

PLEASE NOTE: The donation that Adam Krief needs is the NON-SURGICAL, peripheral blood stem cell donation.

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THESE CONDITIONS PREVENT YOU FROM JOINING:

• Hepatitis B or C
• HIV
• Organ, marrow or stem cell transplant recipient
• Stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack)

THESE CONDITIONS REQUIRE FURTHER EVALUATION:

• Autoimmune illness
• Brain injury or surgery
• Blood cancer or disorder
• Cancer
• Chronic neck, back, hip or spine pain
• Diabetes
• Heart diseases, a heart attack, or other heart-related issues
• Currently taking certain prescribed medications on a regular basis for pain, heart issues, cancer, and other serious diseases

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Bone Marrow Donor Drive for Adam Krief is organized in alliance with – and support of – Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)

Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating bone marrow transplants in the United States from volunteer unrelated donors to patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia and other potentially deadly diseases.

Be The Match® works to help every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As a leader in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, Be The Match® provides ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education that save lives.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

 

 

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