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Associate Degree Nursing Club hosts bone marrow registry drive tomorrow

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By Suzy Stocking

The Associate Degree Nursing Club will be hosting a Be the Match bone marrow registry drive from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Raider Grille.

Doctors use the Be the Match registry to match donors with people who desperately need bone marrow, such as  patients with Leukemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Lymphoma.

“Registering is not invasive,” says Christina Steward, president of the Associate Degree Nursing Club, “and takes about 10 minutes.”

Participants can expect to fill out some paperwork and have their cheek swabbed for a cell sample. The sample information will be added to the registry of possible donors.

Steward is encouraging people between the ages of 18 and 44 to come out and register on Wednesday. “Even though there are over 10 million people registered, people are dying every day because they don’t have a match.”

For more information about joining the registry and donating marrow, visit bethematch.org, or email Ryan Heinhuis, a Michigan Blood Be the Match representative at rheinhuis@miblood.org.