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#Join4Joe

The St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Baseball Writers have teamed up to sponsor #Join4Joe, an annual bone marrow drive to add individuals into the national bone marrow registry to increase 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 more than 14,000 people remain in need of a donor.

The 4th Annual #Join4Joe Drive at Busch Stadium - Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Cardinals will host their 4th annual #Join4Joe bone marrow drive at Busch Stadium during the Saturday, July 13 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Fans can stop by the Ford Plaza where blood cancer survivors, donors and patients awaiting a transplant will be on hand to share their experiences and explain the commitment required to join the registry.

Those interested will be able to join the registry that day and will be walked through the process by representatives from Be The Match.
Those unable to join in-person can request a check swab kit any time by texting Cards to 61474 or going to https://join.bethematch.org/stlcardinals

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, more than 200 potential donors have joined the registry since 2016.

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

Be The Match, with more than 13.5 million potential bone marrow donors, is the world's largest and most diverse donor registry. And because 70 percent 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. You may request a check swab kit any time by going to https://join.bethematch.org/stlcardinals.

About Joe Strauss