ST. PETERSBURG — Pediatric cancer patients at All Children's Hospital walked down the hallways of the hospital Thursday to celebrate a bone marrow registry and their marrow donors, doctors and nurses.
Because of their fragile immune systems, the children can't participate with the masses in Saturday's official Be the Match Walk Run in Tampa's Al Lopez Park.
Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia and a marrow transplant is their best hope of a cure. Most patients (about 70 percent) won't have a marrow donor in their family and must rely on Be the Match to find an unrelated donor. Be The Match Registry is the world's largest and most diverse listing of volunteer marrow donors and umbilical cord blood units.