Drive for Life

Gary Brackett is asking Colts fans to join him this Tuesday for his Drive for Life event.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts LB Gary Brackett calls out to all Hoosiers Tuesday to join the Be The Match Registry. Be part of Gary Brackett's Drive for Life: Continuing the Legacy of Tyler Genneken in-person or online and increase the odds of finding a match for a patient in need of a life-saving marrow transplant.

Gary Brackett's Drive for Life: Continuing the Legacy of Tyler Genneken

Presented by Clarian Health

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Noon – 5 p.m. at University Place Conference Center at IUPUI, 850 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis

Parking is free in the University Place garage. Enter off North St at University Blvd.

Pull a ticket when entering the garage and stop by the parking table inside to receive a pass.

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Clarian North, 11700 North Meridian Street, Carmel

Parking is free in parking lots surrounding the hospital.

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WHY:Because 70 percent of people who need a transplant do not match a family member and 40 percent of those who do turn to the registry do not find a match there either, growing the registry is critical. Patients die waiting because a person who is their match has not registered.

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THE REGISTRATION PROCESS

IN-PERSON: Joining the Be The Match Registry is as easy as completing a health history form and swabbing the inside of the cheek. Volunteers will be available to assist registrants. Once on the registry, potential donors are available for patients searching worldwide. The registry process takes less than 30 minutes. Anyone 18-60 years old and in good health is encouraged to join.

ONLINE: Anyone unable to go to either event is encouraged to join online. Complete the health history form and a cheek swab kit will be mailed to you. Link to www.indianablood.org/DriveForLife.

Minority populations are under-represented on the Be The Match Registry. Because the match is based on a person's genetic makeup and follows cultural lines, minority patients in need of a transplant are even less likely to find a match. African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics are highly encouraged to participate.

FUNDRAISING IS NEEDED: The cost to add someone to the registry is $100, a fee covered at Drive for Life thanks to the generosity of Clarian Health and event partners Riley Children's Foundation, Clarian North Medical Center, Gary Brackett's Impact Foundation and the Tyler Genneken Foundation. Funding to genetically type new registrants is a barrier to growing the registry. On-site and online donations are encouraged to allow Be The Match – Indiana to continue adding more Hoosiers to potentially be a match.

BACKGROUND

The Colts' Gary Brackett donated bone marrow for his brother in 2005 and now looks to this October 26 event to grow the number of people on the Be The Match Registry.

Drive for Life takes the reigns as a second-annual event, building on success from September 2009. The one-day event last year saw more than 1,400 people join the registry as Riley Hospital for Children's patient Tyler Genneken was battling leukemia and could not find a match. Tyler died in November 2009, never finding a match.

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About Be The Match

Be The Match is a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a leader in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. Indiana Blood Center coordinates the Be The Match Registry in Indiana, recruiting new members and supporting Hoosiers who are a match throughout the donation process. Visit indianablood.org/bethematch for more information.

About Clarian Health As a preeminent leader in clinical care, education, research and service, Clarian Health is Indiana's most comprehensive academic health center and one of the busiest hospital systems in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, Clarian owns or is affiliated with multiple hospitals and health centers throughout the state and maintains a strong partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine—the nation's second largest medical school and a global leader in medical education and research. Learn more at [www.clarian.org](file:///C:/msmithsi/Local Settings/msmithsi/Local Settings/msmithsi/Local Settings/msmithsi/Documents and Settings/MSmithsi/Local Settings/MSmithsi/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/OLK3E0/www.clarian.org).

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About Riley Children's Foundation

Riley Children's Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana's only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Every year children from all 92 Indiana counties come to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 220,000 times. Riley Hospital's partnership with Clarian Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital for Children the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region. RileyKids.org* *

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About Gary Brackett's IMPACT Foundation

The mission of Gary Brackett's IMPACT Foundation is to promote health, to advance education, and to relieve the poor, distressed and underprivileged by providing resources and opportunities to children, including children who are mentally challenged, physically challenged, socially disadvantaged, or economically disadvantaged.  Since 2007, Gary Brackett's charitable efforts have impacted the lives of over 30,000 Indiana residents.  For more information, please visit www.garybrackett.org.

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