CARBONDALE - Elaine Broomfield is hoping she can awareness of bone marrow transplants for her son and anyone else who needs them.
Broomfield’s son, Robert, is an SIU employee, who was diagnosed with leukemia in October and needs a bone marrow transplant. To raise awareness and start a registry, Broomfield is working with Be the Match, a national bone marrow match program.
There will also be registrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Tuesday. Today's event is in Room 60 of the Applied Sciences and Arts Building at SIU Carbondale. Tuesday's event will be in the Newman Catholic Center.
“I’m just trying to get awareness out about it,” Broomfield said.
The registration is open to people ages 18 to 44. The event in Marion will have wristbands for sale to raise money for the registry. She said if people are matched with someone in need, the process of a bone marrow transfer is much easier than it was in the past with the majority of donors missing a day or two of work. The transfusion Robert needs would only require a transfer through blood.
Broomfield said there has been a lot of good response so far with a lot of people showing interest. With the age range eligible for the match, she is hoping to see a good turnout at the university. She said even after her son finds a match, raising awareness for bone marrow transplants is something that will always be important to her.
“I think it’s something I would like to keep working on,” Broomfield said.