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Marrow Donor Registration Drive Needs Diverse Cultures

 

BERKELEY, Calif.,  -- Nearly 70 percent of patients needing a marrow transplant do not have a matching donor in their family, leaving minorities particularly vulnerable to finding a donor who can provide a perfect match of common tissue types, according to Be the Match®, a movement that engages the public to help patients in need of bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplants. To increase registration of members from all racial and ethnic backgrounds in the Be the Match Registry(SM), the world's largest and most diverse marrow donor registry, Be the Match will join theAssociated Students of the University of California (ASUC) and New York-based financial technology company Reval in sponsoring a Marrow Donor Registration Drive from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, October 2 in the MLK Student Union, Multicultural Center of Heller Lounge at the University of California, Berkeley.

Currently, Be the Match Registry has over seven million members who could potentially donate marrow or cord blood for transplants used to treat patients with life-threatening blood, immune system or genetic disorders. Three-year-old Finn Okochi, who is the son of UC Berkeley alumnus and Reval CEO and Co-founder Jiro Okochi, was born with a rare and usually fatal genetic disorder, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Okochi found a perfect match for his son, who is half Japanese, among the rare three percent of registry members who are multiracial.

Registration is free, requires a simple cheek swab, and requires registrants to be between 18 and 60 years old and in good health. Educational materials and registrant briefings will be available.

WHO: Be the Match®, a movement that engages the public to help patients in need of bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplants, will join sponsors Reval, a NY-based financial technology company, and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), Berkeley.

WHAT: A Marrow Donor Registration Drive for the Be the Match Registry(SM), the world's largest and most diverse marrow donor registry.

WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2009 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

WHERE: MLK Student Union, Multicultural Center, Heller Lounge at the University of California, Berkeley.

WHY: To increase registration of members from all racial and ethnic backgrounds in Be the Match registry.

HOW: Registration is free, requires a simple cheek swab, and requires registrants to be between 18 and 60 years old and in good health. Educational materials and registrant briefings will be available.

Additional

Information: Reval will be sponsoring a second Marrow Registration Drive for Be the Match on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 from 9 am to 5 pm each day at the Moscone Center in San Francisco where Reval will be speaking and exhibiting at the Association for Financial Professionals Annual Conference.

About Be the Match

Be The Match is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a leader in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, created Be The Match to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.

Volunteers can join the Be The Match Registry - the world's largest and most diverse listing of potential adult marrow donors and donated cord blood units - as well as contribute financially to Be The Match Foundation or give their time.

Be The Match Foundation supports the NMDP by raising funds to grow the Be The Match Registry, help patients with transplant costs and advance medical research.

Since operations began in 1987, the NMDP has provided more than 35,000 transplants to help give patients a second chance at life. For more information, call 1 (800) MARROW-2 or visit http://www.marrow.org.

About Reval

Reval® provides financial and accounting professionals with an award-winning Web-based platform that supports derivative risk management. This Software-as-a-Service addresses the need for derivatives to comply with international regulations, such as FAS 133, FAS 157, Sarbanes-Oxley, IAS 39 and IFRS 7. The world's leading corporations, financial institutions, and accounting firms rely on Reval to provide independent valuations of derivative transactions and to assist with the hedge accounting of foreign exchange, interest rates, energy, credit, commodities, and other asset classes. Reval uses its expert teams comprising financial engineers, accounting professionals, and technologists to deliver its critically acclaimed services and products, which integrate easily with treasury management and ERP systems and deploy rapidly. Founded in 1999, Reval has headquarters in New York and regional centers based in Bala Cynwyd, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Gurgaon. For more information, visit www.reval.com or emailinfo@reval.com.

About ASUC

The Associated Students of the University of California are the elected representatives of the UC Berkeley student body. As the collective voice of the students, we build student power through leadership development and opportunities for empowerment. Through grassroots campaigns and coalitions, we fight to hold the University, City, State and Nation accountable to student needs. We strive to create and sustain a vibrant, inclusive and equitable campus community, shaping our student government to be a model for social change. For more information, visit http://www.asuc.org.

CONTACT: Zoe Sochor, Reval PR, 860-799-7076, zoe.sochor@reval.com.

 

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