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Over the Edge for Be the Match

(L to R) Sue Neitz, BSN, CNP, CPON Stem Cell Transplant Program Coordinator, Prasad Bodas, MD  Hematology/Oncology Attending Physician, Matthew Tweddle, Hematology/Oncology Chaplain, Jackie Luzader, BSN,CCRC, NMDP Coordinato, (kneeling) Tonya Davis, Account executive-recruitment -Be The Match and Paul Moser, Hematology/Oncology Pharmacist

Tonya Davis, the NMDP’s North Central District Recruiter, presented Akron Children’s Hospital with the banner that was hung on the 12 story building. Akron Children’s Hospital’s “Edgers” are (from left) Sue Neitz, BSN, CNP, CPON – Stem Cell Transplant Program Coordinator, Prasad Bodas, MD – Hematology/Oncology – Attending Physician, Matthew Tweddle, Hematology/Oncology – Chaplain, Jackie Luzader, BSN,CCRC, NMDP Coordinator, (kneeling) Tonya Davis, Account executive-recruitment – Be The Match and Paul Moser, Hematology/Oncology – Pharmacist

Akron Children’s Hospital was a Silver sponsor of the “Be The Match – Goes Over the Edge Event” on July 27. Three Hematology/Oncology staff members rappelled from the Tower East Office Building off Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

Akron Children’s Hospital has hosted bone marrow drives in the past. This was the first fundraising event. The funds are used to help cover the cost of HLA typing required to match bone marrow donors and recipients through the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). The Bone Marrow Program at Akron Children’s Hospital obtains all of the stem cell products, for patients that do not have a family member that matches them, through the NMDP’s bone marrow registry.

In the last five years, 17 Akron Children’s patients received matched, unrelated stem cells through the National Marrow Donor Program.

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