It's Easy to be a Hero
With a Simple Screening Test

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September 2, 2012 - Stem Cell Screening for Debbi Margosian Chapman, Newtonville, MA

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September 22, 2012 - CME and CDE meeting, Las Vegas, sponsored by the AAMSC.

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It's not often that one has the opportunity to be a hero and possibly save a life, but you can do that now by taking a simple cheek swab test. You could be a match to Debbi Margosian Chapman, who has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needs a stem cell transplant.

Debbi Margosian Chapman
Because Debbi is Armenian, her doctors believe her best chances of finding a match is with the Armenian community. Fortunately, it's easy to become a donor. The screening test is a simple cheek swab. Donating stem cells is similar to giving blood; a donor's stem cells are removed and the blood is returned to the donor. Within a couple of weeks, donor stem cells are replenished. There is no pain, no surgery, no anesthesia, and no cost to the donor.

If you are in good health and between ages 18-60, we are asking you to take a simple cheek swab, and have your data entered in the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

Obtain a free cheek swab kit by emailing Linda Levin-Scherz , or you can request a free kit from Be the Match, sponsored by the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

Questions? Please call the AAHPO hotline, 201-546-6166.

If you have friends and family in the Boston area, tell them there will be a free screening held in Debbi's behalf on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the Armenian Olympics Track and Field event being held at the Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA.

Debbi Margosian Chapman's family is willing to pay $25,000 to the person who is a match for Debbi.

Read Debbi's full story by clicking here.

There are about 200 Armenians in need of a stem cell donor. AAHPO has publicized two other cases, Irene Katrandjian and young Charlotte Conybear of Philadelphia, who also desperately need to find a match.


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