RSL to Host DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Drives at Saturday's Match v. Toronto FC

Two locations available for fans to "Be a Match at the Match"

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Denzel Eslinger / RSLsoapbox.com

DKMS JOINS FORCES WITH “EXTREME
MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION” & MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER IN A NATIONWIDE SEARCH TO
FIND A BONE MARROW MATCH FOR 7-YEAR-OLD JONAH GOMEZ

RSL’s Saturday Contest against Toronto FC Marks One of
Seven DKMS Donor Drives Taking Place at MLS Games Across the U.S.

 

SANDY,
Utah / NEW YORK, N.Y. (Thursday, June 23, 2011)
– This Saturday, June 25, DKMS,
the world’s largest bone marrow donor center will hold donor drives at Major
League Soccer games in seven cities across the U.S. for 7-Year-Old Jonah
Gomez
, a South Jordan, Utah resident who suffers from blood cancer and
needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Donor drives will take place in
Jonah’s home stadium – Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy,
Utah
– as well as Pasadena, Washington D.C., San Jose, Philadelphia,
Dallas
and Kansas City. Those who cannot attend and register at the
games can register online at www.GetSwabbed.org.

At
Real Salt Lake’s contest against Toronto FC on Saturday night, fans will be
able to attend drives in a pair of locations once gates open to the public at 6:00
p.m. MT
– at Kennecott Plaza (NW concourse) and on the concourse
level underneath the east-side stands
. Kickoff for the contest is set for
7:00 p.m. MT.

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“Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition” is traveling to South Jordan today to surprise the
Gomez family with a knock on the door that will change their lives forever.
Fun-loving, impish Jonah Gomez is like any loveable, mischievous little boy in
the first grade with hopes and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player.
His love of life has not been diminished by the fact that he has a blood
disorder that has caused him to undergo open-heart surgery. Mom Jessica and younger sister Ellie have made every
effort to help Jonah live his life to the fullest.

Despite Jonah’s illness and the
fact that Jessica had to give up her airline job to take care of him, tragically
losing her health insurance last November - the Gomez Family has done their
best to soldier on, never losing a love of life and having fun. When Jonah is
healthy enough, he is playing on a soccer team and attending Real Salt Lake games,
where RSL
players have become his protective friends and supporters.

Although Jonah
must take oxygen while he sleeps and is often not able to play outside with the
extreme weather in Utah being too hot or too cold, you’d never know it from his
joyful demeanor.  He seems like every other kid—excited to play soccer and
joke with his sister. Sadly Jonah will not survive without a bone marrow
transplant from a stranger. Every day thousands of patients search the national
registry hoping to find a bone marrow donor match. Only 4 out of 10 patients
are lucky enough to receive a transplant.

The EMHE design team has just seven days to build a home from the
ground up on an empty lot in South Jordan's Daybreak community, one that is big
enough for 3 people and also provides an area for Jonah to practice soccer
when the weather prevents him from being able to do so outside. The
Gomez family have been whisked away on a dream vacation to Disneyland while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team
leader Ty Pennington, designers Xzibit, Paige Hemmis and Michael
Moloney
rebuild the structure.

"All
of us at 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' are hopeful to find a match for Jonah
and are asking everyone to register TODAY to be a bone marrow donor. It could
save a life," said Ty Pennington.

On
Saturday, June 25, while the Gomez family enjoys their vacation in
Disneyland DKMS, EHMHE & Major League Soccer will hold seven donor drives
across the nation in the hopes of finding a lifesaving match for Jonah.
Soccer fans will
have the opportunity to get swabbed at no charge in the hopes of finding a bone
marrow match for Jonah. Below please find the schedule with details.

 

Salt
Lake City, UT (7:00 PM MST kickoff; Gates open at 6:00 PM)

Real
Salt Lake v. Toronto FC

Rio
Tinto Stadium, 9256 South State Street, Sandy, UT

 

Pasadena,
CA (6:00 PM PST)

Gold
Cup Final

Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose
Bowl Drive. Pasadena, CA

 

Washington
D.C. (6:00 PM EST)

D.C.
United v. Houston Dynamo

Champions
Club, RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St., SE Washington, D.C.

 

San
Jose, CA (3:30 PM PST)

San
Jose Earthquakes v. Los Angeles Galaxy

Buck Shaw Stadium,
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

 

Philadelphia,
PA (8:00 PM EST)

Philadelphia
Union v. Chivas USA

Toyota
Plaza, PPL Park, 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA

 

Dallas,
TX (7:30 PM CDT)

FC
Dallas v. Portland Timbers

North
Concourse, Pizza Hut Park, 9200 World Cup Way, Suite 202, Frisco TX

 

Kansas
City (7:30 PM CDT)

Sporting
Kansas City v. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

LIVESTRONG Sporting
Park, One Sporting Way. Kansas City, KS

 

Registering
to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to
help save a life. You must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health.
When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the national registry
and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need
of a bone marrow transplant. 

 

ABOUT
DKMS

The
DKMS mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia
patients. More than 25,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their
bone marrow. DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with
over 2.7 million registered donors. DKMS Americas is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
organization. For more information about DKMS and to learn more about
registering as a bone marrow donor, please visit www.GetSwabbed.org

About
Major League Soccer

Headquartered in New
York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in
the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada,
and around the world. Major League Soccer’s 16th season, which will feature 18
clubs each playing 34 regular season matches, kicked off on Tuesday, March 15,
2011. The 18 clubs are: Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; 2010 MLS Cup champion
Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA
Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Real
Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City;
Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural seasons, Portland Timbers and Vancouver
Whitecaps. An expansion team in Montreal will debut in 2012. For more
information about MLS, log on to the League’s official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.

About
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

The
Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” entering
its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s
executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is
Chairman, Endemol North America.  The show airs Sunday's
from  8:00 - 9:00 p.m., ET on ABC. 

 

Media
Contacts:

Janell Vantrease/Vantrease@sunshinesachs.com/
212-691-2800

                       
  Ter’rece Walker
/Walker@sunshinesachs.com/
212-691-2800

 

www.RealSaltLake.com
/ www.MLSsoccer.com / www.DKMSamericas.org