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Local church hosting bone marrow registry event

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A local church is hosting a bone marrow registry event Saturday to help a man who was diagnosed with a rare form of Lymphoma.

Tom Triantafilles, 24, is a graduate of a prestigious cooking institute and was well on his way to a career, before being sidetracked by an awful disease.

After many months of uncertainty, Tom was finally diagnosed with Gamma Delta T-cell Lymphoma, a rare form of Lymphoma. Only 500 cases are diagnosed annually, officials say.

Tom is undergoing chemotherapy and is scheduled to enter Duke University Hospital for further treatment and hopefully a bone marrow transplant.

The "Be the Match" bone marrow registry event will be held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1931 Sumter Street in Columbia from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant.

The organization is the world's largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units.

Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

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