By Corea Parks – Collegiate Staff
While saving the world is perpetually impossible for one individual, saving a life has been put in arms reach thanks to the Be The Match bone marrow registry.
The Grand Rapids Community College Dental Hygiene Program will be hosting the event encouraging the community to register to be a marrow donor. The expansion of the donor list increases the odds of patients in need finding a match.
Joining the registry is painless, as people will simply be registering for a spot on the Marrow Donor list. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44 and should be prepared to fill out a consent form, as well as four cotton swabs for tissue sampling.
The process is a minor step towards helping someone who needs a transplant.
A Central Michigan University freshman football player, Derrick Nash, from Saginaw, who joined the team for the 2014 season was reunited with his family after a relapse of his Leukemia.
“My situation over the past two years hasn’t been easy, from going to college to relapsing,” Nash said.
The CMU community assisted by hosting two events focused on bringing in as many donors as they could to help Nash find a match.
“It’s been a hassle,” he said.” That’s why we were so focused on finding a donor. Time is running short.”
Nash has not yet found a match, but still manages to maintain hope for the future.
The more people who join the registry the more chances are given to individuals like Nash in need of finding a match.
“It’s a reassurance to the person or people struggling that there is hope and their life can be saved and back to normal,” Nash said
The drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the 1st floor of the Student Center, in front of the Student Life Office and Follett Book Store.