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Be The Match Drive Honoring Master Trooper Helton

Alexandria, La., December 12, 2016 — LifeShare Blood Centers and Louisiana State Police Troop E are working together to save lives by raising awareness and holding a drive for Be The Match marrow donation registry. The event will take place at Troop E headquarters, located at 1710 Odom Street, Alexandria, La. on Tuesday, December 13, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Trooper Rodney Helton was diagnosed with leukemia and originally believed he would need a stem cell transplant for survival. He is currently being treated at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where he has met several other cancer patients who are searching for a matching donor. Although his care plan has changed and his doctor no longer believes he will need a transplant, Trooper Helton wants to help his neighbors find their life-saving match.

“When I learned how difficult it was for black patients to find a donor, my heart just breaks,” says Helton, “I thought, there was something I had to do.” Helton asked one of his fellow Troopers to help coordinate a registry drive to help patients like Jasmine Sewell from Alexandria who still have not found a donor.

Anyone who is healthy, between the ages of 18-44, and willing to donate to anyone, are invited to attend and register. 70% of patients who need a stem cell or marrow transplant, do not have a matching donor in their family and are relying on a stranger to save their life. Are you their CURE?

For more information about LifeShare’s Marrow Donor Program, contact coordinator Brian Allison at 318.834.7710 or contact brian.allison@lifeshare.org.


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