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Charity to host 'Be The Match' marrow drive Aug. 4 at Taste of Roselle

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Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund

ROSELLE, IL -- Local charity Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund is hosting a marrow registry drive on Sunday, August 4 during the Taste of Roselle. The drive will be held from noon to 7 p.m. near the corner of Prospect and Main Streets in Roselle.

Surprisingly, the initial steps to joining the registry is easy: just a form and a cheek swab with a Qtip. Representatives from Be The Match will be at the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund booth at the Taste of Roselle to answer questions as potential donors self-administer the cheek swab test. If you are healthy, between the ages of 18-44, and committed to helping patients find a cure, spend a few minutes at our booth and learn more or go to Diversity in heritage is urgently needed.

Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Marrow Registry to find a match to save their life. Patients need donors who are a genetic match. The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund is holding a bone marrow match drive to increase the numbers and diversity of the registry to increase the chance that a cancer patient finds a life-saving match.

The Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund was established in 2006 in the memory of Andrea Lynn Beckwith, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 1993. Her children, Brent and Shane Beckwith and Karie Nash, along with a close-knit group of family, friends and supporters, head up the board of directors for the charity. For more information about the organization, please visit the Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund website at