Chris Mucci Looking For A Cure This Weekend



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.

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