USM Hosts Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 | Saint Joseph Dining Hall 

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Help save a life by registering as a bone marrow donor at a special donor registration event at the University of Saint Mary on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The registration drive will be from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Saint Joseph Dining Hall on the USM main campus in Leavenworth at 4100 South 4th Street.

The bone marrow donor registration event is sponsored by the USM nursing department, Saint Mary National Student Nurses Association, the USM office of student life, and Delete Blood Cancer DKMS.

Bone marrow transplants provide treatment and sometimes a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, and other blood related disorders.

The registration drive is open to anyone ages 18 to 55. Attendees at the event will fill out a registration form and get the inside of their cheeks swabbed. Later analysis of the sample will determine if the registrant can be of help to a person in need.

Over 10,000 patients across the country suffer from a variety of blood cancers and could benefit from a bone marrow transplant.

A similar drive held at USM in February determined that a USM nursing student was a match for a patient. The student made a successful donation in July.

Dr. Glenna Mahoney, director of USM’s nursing programs, noted that many staff, faculty, and students of the Saint Mary nursing department have suffered personal losses due to such diseases.

“We want people to come and register as a bone marrow donor,” Dr. Mahoney said. “It’s a quick and simple mouth swab; it only takes a few minutes, and it could lead to saving someone’s life.”

Call 913-758-4381 for more information on the donor registration event.