As a part of our mission at WashU, we strive to enhance the lives of our students, patients, people in the surrounding community and the world. In serving others, we can achieve this mission together.
This week, learn how you can get engaged in organizations that improve the lives of those in the St. Louis region, and beyond. A “Collaborative Civic Engagement Fair” and learning session will take place at the 2019 Day of Discovery, Dialogue and Action. Local agencies will be on hand to give participants insight and information on how you can use your strengths and talents to make a difference in the St. Louis region, by responding to community needs and priorities through civic engagement.
Participating agencies include:
- American Cancer Society
- Asthma and Allergy Association
- Be the Match
- Legislative Concerns Committee
- United Way
Human Resources, the Gephardt Institute for Civic Engagement and the United Way of Greater St. Louis are partnering to highlight the value of collaborative engagement in the St. Louis community.
Highlighting our community partners:
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Each year, WashU leads an employee campaign to raise awareness, financial support and promote active engagement in the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The United Way helps ensure the effectiveness of the programs and services of the more than 176 agencies it funds. These agencies provide services for children, the elderly, people with special needs, disaster relief, special education, therapy and much, much more. Learn more about the United Way.
Be the Match®
Every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. One simple action can be the difference that gives a patient hope for the future. The cure is based on the kindness of another human being, an act of goodwill.
Be the Match® helps patients find their life-saving marrow donors. Be the Match® is the connection between patients searching for a cure and life-saving bone marrow donors. As the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world, they help more patients get the transplant they need. A patient’s likelihood of finding a matching bone marrow donor or cord blood unit on the Be The Match Registry® ranges from 19% to 80% depending on ethnic background.
Having a 100 percent match is crucial in predicting positive outcomes post-transplant, but the percentage chance of finding a perfect match is skewed against minorities because ethnically diverse and mixed race donors are underrepresented in the registry.
On February 20 and 22, Be the Match will be at Washington University to provide information on how you can join the registry and help save a life. Attend the Collaborative Civic Engagement Fair at Goldfarb Hall during the Day of Discovery, Dialogue and Action at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 20 or visit Be the Match at the Health Happening Fair on Friday, Feb. 22 at the School of Medicine, Eric P. Newman Education Center between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Be the match, save a life.
Be the Match, Save a Life.
Visit join.bethematch.org/WASHU to learn more about joining the National Bone Marrow Registry.