By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Want to save a life? A country-wide effort to increase the number of people on the National Bone Marrow Donor registry is underway in Philadelphia. It’s called City Swab and it’s taking place from 9am to 3pm Wednesday.
Philadelphia is one of 15 cities taking part across the country. Five office buildings on Market Street, 1500, 1515, 1600 1835 and 2005, will all be registering people for the National Bone Marrow Donor list.
Tom Kramer, founder of Racing to Register, started the effort.
“My wife was diagnosed with a fatal blood cancer about ten years ago, the only cure is a bone marrow transplant,” he said. “And she wasn’t able to find a donor although she’s doing okay now, and we just realized how hard it is to find a match, that only 40-percent of people who need a match will find a match.”
Kramer says each person who signs up represents a second chance at life for someone fighting blood cancer, sickle cell anemia and other diseases.