Monday, July 6, 2009

ThongCharm PSA: Bone Marrow Drives


Good friend of thongcharm, Lynne Haupt, is working tirelessly these days to find a bone marrow match for her brother, Jonathan Haupt. 

Bone marrow donation is a fairly misunderstood procedure, more akin to platelet donation than to organ donation. Matches are typically 1:30,000, and the entire worldwide database is only 30 million people right now. Among these people, Jonathan has not found a match. Ethnic minorities are severely underrepresented in this database, including jewish people, so it is particularly important to beef up the database for folks in those demographics.

To help increase awareness and collect samples for the database, Lynne has organized a formidable number of Bone Marrow events. We're happy to do our part to help, and thus are promoting her cause here.

The drives are listed below. If you cannot make it, consider ordering a kit online at: And you can follow progress at and through the Team Haupt Facebook group.

Get out there and get swabbed. It can save a life.


Drives in Honor of Jonathan

Northern Virginia:

Saturday, July 11th from 10AM to 6PM
Reston Town Center – During the Reston Festival
11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190 


Sunday, July 12th from 10AM to 4PM
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (NVHC)
1441 Wiehle Avenue
Reston, VA 20190 


Worcester, MA:

Sunday, July 12 from 11AM to 3PM
Worcester JCC
633 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609


Natick, MA:
Saturday, July 18 from 11AM to 3PM
Belkin Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St. South
South Natick, MA 01760


Boston, MA:
Sunday, July 19th from 10am to 4pm
Holiday Inn Brookline
1200 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446

Sunday, July 19th
Baltimore – Location TBD


Thursday, July 16


Sunday, July 12th from 10AM to 2PM
Temple Israel Social Hall
600 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208


St. Louis:
Sunday, July 19th from 10AM to 2PM
Bais Abraham Synagogue
6910 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for spreading the word about the drives for my brother! You are an amazing friend and a darn good kugel maker :)