By Heather Tilma – The Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College Dental program will be partnering with Be the Match, the nation’s largest bone marrow donor registry, to host the ‘‘Will you marrow me” events on Feb. 15. from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
On Thursday, students will have the opportunity to sign up and get tested to be a bone marrow match on the fourth floor of the Main Building near the elevators. The test is pain-free, just a simple mouth swab of the insides of your cheeks with a cotton swab and a brief consent form for getting it tested to be a possible match and to be on the Be The Match registry.
“It’s a good cause and it can save a life,” said GRCC dental student Riley Jensen.
According to Be the Match website, “not everyone will match and be asked to donate to a patient. In fact, the chances of donating are about one in 430.”
There are two different ways of donating bone marrow. One is by donating Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC) through a process similar to donating plasma.
Visit this link to find out more information about PBSC donation.
The other way is by donating the actual bone marrow is done by a surgical procedure. During the donation, there is no pain. For more information about bone marrow donation click the link here.
According to Be The Match, “Research shows that cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants. Doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group more than 95 percent of the time.”