Pitt-Bradford’s athletic training program will hold a bone marrow
donor registry drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 20 in the Frame-Westerberg
will perform a simple cheek swab on those interested in becoming potential
donors. Those who are swabbed are only contacted if they are a match for a
person who needs a bone marrow transplant.
of people with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia are
depending on a bone marrow transplant to save their lives. Marrow recipients
must be genetically compatible with their donors, so the more potential donors
who are registered, the greater the number of people who can be treated.
is a great need for greater diversity in the current marrow donor registry. Of
the 9 million people who have volunteered and been typed, 10 percent are
Hispanic, 7 percent are African American and 7 percent are Asian.
who wish to be typed as a potential donor should be between the ages of 18 and
44 and in good health; be willing to donate marrow should they be among the one
in 500 registrants called on to do so; and have a body mass index of 40 or
is no cost to become a potential donor. The $100-per-volunteer cost of tissue
typing is paid by donations. To make a financial contribution to the marrow
drive, visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/UPittBrad.
marrow drive is being held in conjunction with National Athletic Training
Month. For more information, contact Brieanne Seguin, clinical coordinator of
athletic training, at 814-362-7542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.