Participants in this drive will not actually be donating bone marrow, but instead can sign up for the registry – a gesture that could be the first step to potentially saving a life. Individuals who wish to participate will have the inside of their mouth (the cheek) swabbed. The results are sent to the foundation to determine the type of match.
Brittnay Gillett, a Health Care Administration senior and a native of Birch Run said, “You’re signing up for a great cause that could eventually help to save a life. In the future, more donors will be needed so signing up now will help for years to come.”
Donors are required to be between the ages of 18 and 60.
“So far we have only heard questions from the Allied Health students, but we are hoping those who attend the Red Cross donation will stop by the marrow donation,” Gillett said.
Light refreshments will be provided for those who sign up and blood donations are welcome.
The event is sponsored by the Health Care Management Association, the Red Cross and the National Bone Marrow Foundation
For more information, contact Brittnay Gillett at email@example.com.