Local musician Chris Mucci needs your help. He has Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare and highly aggressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and he's looking for a stem cell donor.
You can help him out this weekend by registering as a bone marrow or stem cell donor at two different charity drives, sponsored by the local chapter of the Be The Match Foundation. Even if you aren't a match for Mucci, registering as a donor is free and painless and could help save a life.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 can register as a bone marrow or stem cell donor this weekend, at Stagger Inn in Edwardsville on January 15 at 3 p.m., or Broadway Oyster Bar on January 16 at noon. All it takes is a quick cheek swab administered by a healthcare professional and a short questionnaire to become a registered donor.
The events are free, and will feature music from musician friends of Mucci's, who are donating their time and talent to help him find a cure. Pik'n Lik'n, The Friendly Henry's and Butch Moore will perform, along with Mucci's former band, The Woody Brothers, who are driving up from Florida to lend their tunes to the cause.
When A to Z spoke with Mucci yesterday, he was at Barnes having his own stem cells harvested in case he can't find a 10 out of 10 match. Even though there are about 10 million people in the donor registry, the highest match found so far for Mucci is only 8 out of 10. Even if you don't want to put your name on the donor list, you can still donate to the cause--Mucci and Be The Match are splitting any donations 50-50, to help offset Mucci's medical bills and continue the good work of the foundation.
'To test people for this, they don't charge anything, but It costs about $100 per person to get the test done," said Mucci, adding that the more people who register as donors this weekend, the more lives can be saved.
For more information, visit: http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/site/TR?px=1368893&fr_id=1460&pg=personal.