Scottsdale resort to host bone marrow donor drive

Emma, on right, with her sister Kendall. (Submitted photo)

Emma, on right, with her sister Kendall. (Submitted photo)

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is holding a bone marrow donor drive, on Thursday, July 23, for resort associates, guests and Valley residents.

It will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the resort’s McDowell Room at 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. in Scottsdale.

Through Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa and more than 70 other Hyatt-branded hotels across North America, will raise awareness about blood cancer and work to expand the bone marrow donor registry that helps save the lives of cancer patients; including 8-year-old Emma Devitt.

Emma, the daughter of Paul Devitt, vice president and general manager of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and longtime member of the Hyatt family, is battling a rare form of leukemia, according to a press release.

After three years of treatment and a brief remission, Emma’s cancer returned. Emma is among the more than 14,000 Americans in need of a bone marrow match and transplant to survive, according to the release.

Every day thousands of patients search for a match, but only four out of 10 patients are lucky enough to receive a transplant, stated the release. With less than two percent of the population in the United States on the bone marrow registry, now is the time to consider being a donor, according to the release.

Registering is easy and takes about four minutes, involving just one sheet of paperwork and the swab of a cheek, stated the release.

Registration is open to anyone who is:

  • In generally good health and between the ages of 18-55
  • A U.S. resident
  • Willing to donate bone marrow to any patient in need (about 80 percent of the time the donation process is comparable to the process of donating blood, stated the release)
  • Not already on the registry
  • Not active or reserve military

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS is part of the world’s largest network of donor centers, according to the release.

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS has registered more than 5 million potential donors and facilitated more than 49,000 transplants around the world, stated the release. For more information or to register as a bone marrow donor, please visit DeleteBloodCancer.org.

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