Every year, thousands of people get life-threatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma that can be treated with cellular therapies such as a marrow transplant. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matched donor in their family so they depend on the life saving action of people who sign up for the National Marrow Registry and it's as easy as a cotton swab of the cheek and two simple forms. Driving For Donors exists to draw donors, attention, and funds to this cause. The non profit organization is the brainchild of now 14-year-old Patrick Pedraja who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 10. In 2007, at age 11, Patrick and his family started Driving For Donors and traveled around the country in a special "Donormobile" with the mission of signing people up for the National Marrow Registry to help find bone marrow matches for people in need of a transplant. Since then they have added over 22,000 donors to the registry, saved more than 24 people's lives with matches and helped raise over $100,000 for tissue typing fees and drive expenses by selling advertising on Patrick's bald head. Patrick has been honored by the United States Congress, CNN Heroes, DoSomething.org and has appeared on numerous television shows to promote this cause.10% of the cost of each ticket sold will be donated to the charity. In addition Take Action is offering attendees the opportunity to register for the National Marrow Registry available at every tour stop.
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Posted by adam on Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:00 AM (EST)
Details on the 2010 Take Action Tour have been announced. Once again Hopeless Records, through its non profit organization Sub City, is presenting the trek, now in its nineth year. This year the event will raise awareness of Patrick Pedraja and the National Marrow Registry. Hot Topic will sponsor. The tour will be headlined by We The Kings, and will feature Mayday Parade, A Rocket To The Moon, There For Tomorrow, and Stereo Skyline on select dates. The tour will kick off in Atlanta, GA on January 25th and wrap up in Dallas, TX on March 2nd. The tour detailed their chosen charity in the press release:
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