Organizers of a bone marrow drive this week in Towson hope it will find a match for Towson resident Mary Jeanne "MJ" Mullen Buck, who needs a transplant in her fight with blood cancer.
"MJ is one of the kindest, most giving people I have ever known," Gale Della Santina, a Towson resident who is close friends with Buck, said in a statement. "If the tables were turned, she would donate to save another person's life without hesitation."
The Match for MJ drive, which will run from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Towson Presbyterian Church, aims to add local residents to the national Bone Marrow Registry through a simple, painless process.
When a patient with Leukemia or other forms of blood cancer is identified for a bone marrow transplant, doctors first look to their families for a match. If a match isn't found among the patient's relatives, they search the Bone Marrow Registry.
All that's required to join the registry is a cheek swab. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55, and will remain in the registry until age 60.
For more information on the There Goes My Hero Foundation, which is helping to organize the drive and holds similar drives across the state every year, visit http://www.theregoesmyhero.org.
Towson Presbyterian Church is located at 400 West Chesapeake Ave..