Here’s your opportunity to save a life.

Maha Khalaf has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of lymphoma. Her next stage of treatment is to undergo a bone marrow transplant and she needs to find a match within the next few weeks. You can help by registering to become a donor.

Anyone could be the match for Maha, so everyone reading this should be tested. You can also help by forwarding this information to others.

You must be between the ages of 18-60 and in good health. You’ll be asked to complete a brief health questionnaire, sign a consent form and provide a small blood sample which will be tested to identify your tissue type. Its very easy and painless and only takes about 15 minutes of your time. There are a number of testing locations and upcoming drives in or around the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you are turned down from the national registry due to age or minor health problems, or if you’d like to be tested privately so that your results are not added to the National Registry, please e-mail a name, daytime address and phone number (for delivery purposes) to matchformaha@yahoo.com. A private testing kit will be sent to you. All you’ll have to do is take the kit to your doctor or any nearby lab to have a small blood sample taken. A postage paid fed-ex return package is included and the test results will be sent to Maha directly.

For more ways to help, please visit matchformaha.org. For further information on being a marrow donor, you may also visit the National Bone Marrow Donor Program website at www.marrow.org.

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