Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) August 06, 2015
American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, is a proud sponsor of Game, Set, Be The Match. The adult charity USTA tennis tournament is set for August 20 through August 23 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham.
The inspiration for the tournament comes from one member’s daughter, Taylor. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2011. After enduring six rounds of chemotherapy, doctors recommended a bone marrow transplant to increase her chances of staying cancer free. Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), found Taylor's perfect match.
“As a company completely dedicated to health, sponsoring such a tournament to raise awareness about the need for more bone marrow donors is perfectly aligned with our core values,” says D. Bruce Irwin, M.D., founder and CEO of AFC. “Taylor’s story shows the need for donors – and how every one of us can help save a life.”
More than 70% of patients do not have a match in their family and rely on the generosity of people who participate in the Be the Match registry. Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity. Since defeating cancer, Taylor returned to work, got married and celebrated the birth of her daughter.
Birmingham area residents who are between ages 18 and 44 and meet health guidelines can register with Be the Match via a simple cheek swab during the tournament. All proceeds from the four-day tournament will help add more participants to the Registry, provide patient assistance and fund live-saving research.
Game, Set, Be the Match: Charity USTA Tennis Tournament & Bone Marrow Drive
Who: Representatives from Be The Match, Bone Marrow transplant recipients, and local residents will be available to talk about the registry and show how easy it is a participate
What: Tournament & Bone Marrow Registration Drive
When: August 20 – August 23: Tournament play
August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Be The Match cheek swabs/registration
Where: Greystone Golf & Country Club, Tennis Center
5264 Greystone Way
Birmingham, AL 35242
(205) 986 – 5154
About American Family Care:
Starting with single location in Hoover, Alabama in 1982, American Family Care has pioneered the concept of non-emergency room urgent care. Today, with more than 140 clinics and 500 physicians caring for more than 2 million patients a year, AFC is the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and family care. The company’s stated mission is to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economic manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient. For more information, visit http://www.americanfamilycare.com.