University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Heroes wanted: Delete blood cancer, register to be a bone marrow donor

One person is diagnosed with blood cancer every four minutes.

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on finding matching donors who can save their life. Patients need donors who are a close genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, six out of 10 patients never receive the lifesaving transplant they need.  Donors of all ethnicities are needed if we are going to change the odds.  Registering as a bone marrow donor is as easy as filling out a form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks to collect cells for tissue typing.

You can help raise the odds, save a life and come away feeling like you have something in common with life-saving heroes.

A “Swab Drive” will be held on Wednesday April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union..   It is easy to register, just step up, sign up and swab ~ all in less than 10 minutes!

Requirements include age: 18-55 years, good health, weight more than 110 pounds but not exceed a BMI of 40, and a commitment to donate peripheral blood stem cells or bone marrow if a match.   One in ~ 540 registered donors is called in their lifetime.  Curious?  Come by to ask questions and learn more.   For more details on bone marrow donation, go to deletebloodcancer.org or you may contact Erika at Erika Toto@dkmsamericas.org

-- Melanie Sage, UND Social Work Student Organization Advisor;  Michelle Montgomery, UND Social Work Student Organization; Mary Coleman, UND MLS Club Student Advisor;  and Erika Toto, DKMSamericas Organization.