The St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Baseball Writers have teamed up to sponsor #Join4Joe, an annual bone marrow drive to add individuals into the national bone marrow registry to increase the chances of finding a donor match for cancer patients awaiting a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
#Join4Joe is an annual drive and awareness campaign organized to honor the legacy of Joe Strauss, a gifted journalist and longtime Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who passed away in December 2015 after a courageous battle against Leukemia. #Join4Joe's goal is to help others battling leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, and more than 14,000 people remain in need of a donor.
Be The Match, with more than 13.5 million potential bone marrow donors, is the world's largest and most diverse donor registry. And because 70 percent of patients needing a transplant will not have a family member match, the Be The Match registry is often a cancer patient's last hope for a cure. Joining the registry is easy and non-invasive. A simple cheek swab is all that is needed to get someone's sample. You may request a check swab kit any time by going to https://join.bethematch.org/stlcardinals
The Cardinals will host their third annual #Join4Joe bone marrow drive at Busch Stadium during their Sept. 15 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Blood cancer survivors, donors and patients awaiting a transplant will be on hand to share their experiences and explain the commitment required to join the registry. Those interested in joining will be instructed on how to request a cheek swab kit. Representatives from Be The Match will also demonstrate how fans can complete that cheek swab at home. Those unable to join in-person can request a check swab kit any time by texting Cards to 61474 or going to https://join.bethematch.org/stlcardinals
Be The Match is specifically looking for donors age 18-44, as research shows that cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants.
Through the #Join4Joe drive, more than 200 potential donors have joined the registry since 2016.
Images from 1st Annual Bone Marrow Drive @ Busch Stadium in honor of Joe Strauss that took place on Saturday, August 6, 2016
Longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter, Joe Strauss, passed away in December 2015 at the age of 54 after a courageous battle fighting leukemia. Joe served as a Cardinals beat writer and general sports columnist during his 14 years at the newspaper.
Joe was described by his colleague Derrick Goold as "a relentless reporter and fearless writer who earned respect throughout baseball's press boxes and clubhouses for his distinctive voice and incisive coverage of the game."
An award winning writer, Joe spent nearly three decades covering baseball. Joe continued to work after he was diagnosed with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Diana Minardi Strauss, and their daughter Alexis.