The Mitten Brewing Co. has selected Michigan Blood and its Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Programs as the charity partner for the month of February 2013. Patrons are encouraged to eat, drink, and be merry, and save lives all at the same time. Throughout February, The Mitten Brewing Co. will donate a percentage of food/beverage sales to Michigan Blood’s Be the Match® Registry program. Michigan Blood is affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program’s international registry which matches patients needing lifesaving transplants to fight leukemia, lymphoma, and 70 other blood related diseases. The registry currently contains over 10 million donors, yet only 4 in 10 patients find a perfect match. The need to add more donors to the registry is critical, yet the average cost to do so is $100 per donor for testing. Monies donated by The Mitten Brewing Co. from February sales will help offset testin
Lyndsay Israel, General Manager at The Mitten Brewing Co., notes: “This really is serendipitous. We were looking to support a local charity for the month of February and one of our patrons asked if we would consider Michigan Blood’s Be the Match® Program. Their 12 year old daughter who had leukemia is alive and thriving today because a generous, anonymous donor from New Jersey had stepped up and joined the registry during a college drive. One of our restaurant investors also brought the same idea to the table, having had a personal experience with a bone marrow transplant. We just had to do it and we’re excited to do so!”
Kona Dominick, Michigan Blood – Stem Cell Programs and Be the Match® Representative, notes: “Not only will they donate a percentage of sales all month long, The Mitten Brewing Co. will be open on Monday, February 25th for a Be the Match® Program registry event. The drive will be from 5-9 pm and marrow donors, recipients, and staff will be on hand to meet guests and share their stories. Food service will be available from noon to 9 pm. The Mitten Brewing Co. is normally closed on Mondays. The Registry Drive is open to the public and those 18-44 years old are eligible to join the national registry by doing a simple cheek swab test.”
The Mitten Brewing Co. is located at 527 Leonard St NW in Grand Rapids. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and are closed on Mondays (except Feb. 25, 2013).
Questions about the National Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match Registry should be directed to Kona Dominick at 616-233-8516.