The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health Joins Be the Match to Play Soccer and Save Lives at Fun-Filled, Fourth Annual Marrow Registry Donor Drive

(CINCINNATI; May 30, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that dedicated team from The Jewish Hospital’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Center is teaming up once again with Be The Match for a very special sporting event – The Soccer Marrowthon.

The Fourth Annual Soccer Marrowthon takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 6 at Kings High School, located at 5500 Columbia Road in Kings Mills, Ohio, ZIP 45034, and will feature teams made of local high school students, firefighters, police officers and the staff of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center. The Cincinnati Saints, a professional men’s and women’s soccer team, will play the spotlight game at 7:45 p.m.

The annual event raises awareness of the need for more men and women to join the bone marrow donor registry. With just a simple and painless swab of the cheek, men and women between the ages of 18-44 can join the bone marrow donor registry free. Donors within this age provide cells and bone marrow that tend to have higher survival rates in recipients. Everyone who registers or who donates $5 to Be The Match will enter a raffle with prizes including a flat screen TV, Reds tickets and Ray Ban sunglasses.

In addition to some great soccer matches, there will be food available throughout the evening, as well as donors, transplant recipients and patient families sharing their inspirational life-changing experiences. To find out more about the event, please call Diane Shapiro or Audrey Maschino at 513-686-5482.

Mercy Health partners with Be The Match, the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, to host bone marrow donor drives throughout Cincinnati.