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#Join4Joe

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The St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Baseball Writers have teamed up to sponsor #Join4Joe, an annual bone marrow drive to add individuals to the Be The Match Registry. Growing the national bone marrow registry increases the chances of finding a donor match for cancer patients awaiting a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

#Join4Joe is an annual drive and awareness campaign organized to honor the legacy of Joe Strauss, a gifted journalist and longtime Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who passed away in December 2015 after a courageous battle against Leukemia.

#Join4Joe's goal is to help others battling leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, and approximately 12,000 unrelated people remain in need of a donor each year.

The 5th Annual #Join4Joe Drive is VIRTUAL - Saturday, April 25, 2020

Due to the current COVID19 pandemic and the postponement of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, the annual #Join4Joe bone marrow drive is going virtual starting Saturday, April 25!

Cancer patients are among the most vulnerable population right now – but you can help.

Join the Be The Match Registry today - All in-person recruitment events are suspended, but you can still join through a safe and convenient online registration process. Fans can also request a cheek swab kit anytime by visiting https://join.bethematch.org/join4joe or texting Join4Joe to 61474 and a blue registration link will come right to your phone. Follow the link and register as a donor using the "mail me a kit" option. Their lab will code a unique kit just for you and mail it to your house where you can safely swab and send it back using the paid envelope provided. The kit usually comes within 2-5 days. Be The Match is specifically looking for donors age 18-44, as research shows that cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants.

Through the #Join4Joe drive, nearly 300 potential donors have joined the registry since 2016.

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Images from 1st Annual Bone Marrow Drive @ Busch Stadium in honor of Joe Strauss that took place on Saturday, August 6, 2016

Be The Match

With more than 22 million potential bone marrow donors, Be The Match is the world's largest and most diverse donor registry. Since 70% of patients needing a transplant will not have a family member match, the Be The Match registry is often a cancer patient's last hope for a cure. Joining the registry is easy and non-invasive. A simple cheek swab is all that is needed to get someone's sample.

About Joe Strauss