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John Theurer Cancer Center and Advocacy Groups
Join Cancer Survivor to Raise Awareness
of Blood Cancers and Bone Marrow Donor Drive

September 18


Hackensack, NJ – John Theurer Cancer Center, along with Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Community Blood Services, have partnered with Norward Harris, a three-year survivor of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), to host “Making the Match: The VALUE of Being a Donor” on September 18, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event, which will help raise awareness about blood cancers and the national Be The Match donor registry, will be held at the office of Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey, 575 Main Street in Hackensack.

The program will feature presentations from former John Theurer Cancer Center patient, Norward Harris, as well as Dr. Michele L. Donato, medical director, Blood and Marrow Collection Facility, John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center.

Norward will share stories about his battle with cancer to help empower survivors in their communities. Dr. Donato, who has been a clinician and researcher in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation for more than 15 years, will discuss the science and process of blood cancers and transplants.

“Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with blood cancers and many of them do not survive unless they find a matched donor for a bone marrow or stem cell transplantation,” said Dr. Donato. “I am honored to be partnering with Norward, Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey Jersey, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Community Blood Services to raise awareness about this very important cause.”

“I am extremely thankful to the donor who helped save my life, as well as the many doctors, nurses and caregivers at John Theurer Cancer Center for their excellent care,” said Norward Harris. “I want the ‘Making the Match’ event to engage more people in becoming committed to helping and empowering patients.”

To learn more, check out the “Making the Match” flyer click here. To register for the event, please contact Gilda’s Club at 201-457-1670.

About Community Blood Services
Thanks to the commitment and generosity of its volunteer donors, Community Blood Services has been serving its community’s transfusion medicine needs for 60 years. Our HLA Registry is the largest non-governmental donor center with the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match registry. You can also register online as a potential lifesaving marrow donor.

About John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is among the nation’s top 50 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals for cancer – the only ranked in New Jersey with this designation. It is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, preventive care, as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancer.

Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. The 14 specialized divisions feature a team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. John Theurer Cancer Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care, state of the art technology, access to clinical trials, compassionate care and medical expertise—all under one roof. Physicians at John Theurer Cancer Center are members of Regional Cancer Care Associates one of the nation’s largest professional hematology/oncology groups. For more information please click here.

About Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey
Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey is a cancer-support community serving 12 counties in North Jersey as well as southern Rockland County and Newark, and is part of an international network of affiliate clubhouses anchored by the Cancer Support Community. All services at the Hackensack-based clubhouse, from lectures and workshops to support groups and social events, are open to anyone – men, women, children and teens – who has been touched in any way by cancer, and are completely free of charge. For further information or to make a donation, please click here, or call (201) 457-1670.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more about LLS and its services to patients in New Jersey, click here or contact Gina Londino, Patient Services Manager, at 908-956-6608 or [email protected]

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