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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Hosts Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive at
The Shops at SkyView Center
Join Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and lend your cheek to save a life
with Be The Match® and Make Me Stronger
QUEENS, NY (December 9, 2013) – The Shops at SkyView Center, Be The Match® and Make Me Stronger today announce Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri will host a bone marrow donor registry drive at The Shops at SkyView Center on Saturday, Dec. 14th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The drive is being held to help find a matching donor for Ekata Doshi, a young woman of Indian descent, and other patients like her, who are in need of a bone marrow transplant. Both Ekata and Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri are of Gujarati Indian descent.
“As a young woman with the dream of attending medical school, helping to improve the lives of others by facilitating access to life-saving treatment options is something I am incredibly passionate about,” said Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri. “In college I ran Bone Marrow Drives, through the Indian American Student Association, because of the lack of donors particularly in the South Asian community. So I know how important it is for patients like Ekata who do not have a matching donor in their family, searching the national registry of potential marrow donors is the only way to find a suitable donor. By adding donors to the Be The Match Registry, ordinary people can give more patients hope for a cure.”
The drive is being held in conjunction with Be The Match, a nonprofit organization that operates the Be The Match Registry® and connects patients with bone marrow donors for potentially life-saving transplants, and Make Me Stronger (#MakemeStronger), a grassroots movement founded to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors among minority groups, particularly within the Asian and South Asian communities.
When Ekata was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that typically develops slowly, her brother, Adarsh Doshi, founded Make Me Stronger. In Ekata’s case, the cancer is spreading much faster than anticipated and a bone marrow transplant is needed to save her life. There is no match on the Be The Match Registry, nor are any family members a match.
“A bone marrow transplant is the best or only hope of a cure for more than 12,000 people diagnosed in the U.S. each year with life-threatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma,” said Jair Thompson, Senior Account Executive at Be The Match. “And all it takes to see if you are a match is four simple cheek swabs.”
All those who participate in the drive will be joining the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest and most diverse registry of potential bone marrow donors, to help any patient in need. To join at the drive, donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44, meet health guidelines, and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Donors must also complete a health history form and be willing to give a swab of cheek cells. The drive will take place on Level D of the shopping center, located at 40-24 College Point Boulevard in Flushing, Queens.
The Shops at SkyView Center can be reached by subway and LIRR. For those taking the subway, take the 7 train to Main St. Flushing. Exit near the intersection of Main St and Roosevelt Avenue. Start out going West on Roosevelt Ave towards Prince St. Turn left onto College Point Blvd.
For those taking the LIRR, take the Port Washington-bound train to Flushing, Main Street. Exit near 41st Avenue. Start out going Southwest on 41st Avenue towards College Point Boulevard. Turn right onto College Point Boulevard and keep moving ahead on College Point Blvd (Clinton Davis Sr. Road).
About the Shops at SkyView Center
Located in Flushing, Queens, The Shops at SkyView Center is the region’s largest mixed-use, multi-level shopping destination in the neighborhood offering a growing mix of premier national retail stores for women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes, electronics, home furnishings, entertainment, groceries, cosmetics and full service dining restaurants. The center sits within a vibrant neighborhood with an incredible population density of more than 750,000 people that live within a three miles vicinity, while offering a six-level parking garage with capacity for 2,400 vehicles and offers three hours of free parking every day. The Shops at SkyView Center is a short distance away from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (U.S. Open) and the brand new Citi Field Stadium for the New York Mets. The Shops at SkyView Center is located at 40-24 College Point Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.shopskyviewcenter.com.
About Be The Match
For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.
About Make Me Stronger
Make Me Stronger (#MakeMeStronger) is a grassroots movement founded in 2011 to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors among minority groups, particularly within the Asian and South Asian communities. Additionally, Make Me Stronger provides a platform for patients to share what makes them stronger, and for donors and caregivers to share their experience. The hope of Make Me Stronger is that individuals will realize they have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life and that by getting involved they can make someone stronger. For more information, please visit www.MakeMeStronger.com.