SOURCE: DKMS Americas

December 11, 2008 17:47 ET

DKMS Organizes a Bone Marrow Donor Drive to Find a Donor for Marcia Williams, Wife of Soccer Player, Andy Williams

Please Come and Sign Up as a Bone Marrow Donor

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 11, 2008) - Soccer Unites Utah invites you to come join our Real Salt Lake family on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Rio Tinto Stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we team up with DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, to hold a life-saving bone marrow donor drive. The drive will be held in honor of Marcia Williams, the beautiful mother and wife of fan favorite, Andy Williams, #77 Real Salt Lake. It is crucial that we find that matching bone marrow donor to save her life and we urge everyone to attend the event and register to be tested on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rio Tinto Stadium.

In May of this year, Marcia found out that her blood counts were very low. On July 3, 2008, they received the terrible news that it was leukemia. Her world stopped, and they wanted so very badly for it not to be true. But, it is the case, Marcia has AML6 and we now know that the only chance to survive is a bone marrow transplant. So it is time to REACT! Andy, Marcia and their girls need us! Together as fans, family and a Utah community, we need to come together on December 13 and be tested. Marcia's donor may be you! Andy and the girls, Shai, age 14, and Lexi, age 5, cannot imagine life without her -- a reality they may have to face without a match.

From Marcia:

"With all the love, help and support we have received, I am still desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant. I am relying on a stranger to save my life. I am asking you, PLEASE, please think about the lives you could save, my life, among many others; moms, dads, babies can be saved if you sign up and become a marrow donor.

"I know the donor who is a match for me is out there, but if you are not tested, I will never find you," said Marcia. "My children and husband need me in their lives, and I need them."

Marcia's daughter, Shai, says this about her Mom: "I'm always thinking 'Will my Mom be okay?' I just hope and pray for the best every single day. My Mom needs to be here for my graduation, for my wedding, for my kids."

Currently, 10,000 blood cancer patients need a bone marrow transplant, but only 3,000 will receive one.

Registering to become a bone marrow donor is quick and easy. It consists of completing a registration form and swabbing your cheeks. Understand your commitment, find out if you are eligible to register as a potential life-saving bone marrow donor and learn about the donation process.

As a non-profit organization, DKMS relies on the generosity of individuals to help finance the $65 cost DKMS pays to tissue type each bone marrow donor who registers. Donations are voluntary. Donate today! Every dollar counts! 100% of your donation will be used to register donors and add them on the National Registry.

Marcia's dear friend, Deb Harper, whom she calls her "angel on earth," has founded a wonderful organization in her honor where you can learn more about her story at www.soccerunitesutah.com

About DKMS

DKMS was founded in Germany in 1991 by Peter Harf and Professor Dr. Gerhard Ehninger, after Peter lost his wife, Mechtild, to acute leukemia. Today, DKMS is the world's largest marrow donor center with over 1.7 million registered bone marrow donors. Since its founding, DKMS has facilitated more than 15,000 transplants.

The mission of DKMS is to give every blood cancer patient a second chance at life by recruiting bone marrow donors from every race and ethnicity. We inspire hope and healing by matching our donors with patients around the world in need of a bone marrow transplant.

DKMS Americas is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

For more information about DKMS and to learn more about registering as a bone marrow donor, please visit www.dkmsamericas.org

Contact Information