INDIANA FEVER HELPS TO SAVE LIVES BY TEAMING WITH INDIANA BLOOD CENTER

TO SUPPORT ITS “BE THE MATCH -- INDIANA” PROGRAM

August 31, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever is partnering with Indiana Blood Center and its “Be The Match -- Indiana” program to add more potential donors to the Bone Marrow Registry. Growing the Be The Match Marrow Registry is crucial in order to help patients searching for a lifesaving marrow transplant which can help cure diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.

             Fever star Shyra Ely has joined this effort by creating a public service announcement that can be viewed on FeverBasketball.com and IndianaBlood.org.

             The Indiana Blood Center and Be The Match - Indiana will ask Fever fans to join the Be The Match Marrow Registry during upcoming games at Conseco Fieldhouse on September 7 and September 11. Joining involves some brief paperwork, a simple cheek swab, and the commitment to be ready to take the next step if a patient needs you. Indiana Blood Center will have registration tables on the Main Concourse.

              “Indiana Blood Center and Be The Match – Indiana is grateful for the support of the Indiana Fever and Shyra Ely,” said Dan Waxman, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president of Indiana Blood Center. “Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed. Thousands of patients hope for a bone marrow donor who can make their life-saving transplant possible. Fever fans have that power. When they join Be The Match – Indiana, they become part of every patient’s search. Please take the first step and join Be The Match - Indiana today.”

             “The Indiana Blood Center is a vital member of the healthcare community,” said the Fever’s chief operating officer, Kelly Krauskopf. “Our partnership aims to raise awareness for the marrow donor program. We are committed to doing what we can for those in need.”

             Central Indiana residents are encouraged to join the Fever and the Indiana Blood Center in this life-saving effort. Take the first step at IndianaBlood.org.