Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge to be illuminated in honor of National Marrow Awareness Month

City recognizes work of GenCure, Be The Match to build lifesaving donor database
November 9, 2017

In honor of National Marrow Awareness Month, the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will be illuminated in the colors of GenCure and Be The Match, which work together to register lifesaving bone marrow donors in South Texas.

The bridge will be lit in blue and green beginning Tuesday, Nov. 14 and will stay illuminated until Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The mayor of Corpus Christi will issue a proclamation declaring GenCure/Be The Match Day on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the city council meeting.

GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio-based nonprofit BioBridge Global, works with Be The Match to add donors to a national database. The GenCure Marrow Donor Program conducts registration drives throughout South Texas.

Donors are genetically matched with patients suffering from a range of blood-related conditions, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Most donors make their lifesaving gift through a simple process similar to donating blood. Every year, more than 14,000 patients in this country need a marrow transplant.

National Marrow Awareness Month was established to recognize bone marrow and stem cell donors, as well as transplant physicians and researchers. By raising awareness, it also aims to encourage more people to sign up for the registry.