For some a bone marrow transplant is the only cure. For patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and blood cancer they go through chemotherapy, different type of trials and medications and it does not work.
Every year thousands of blood cancer patients are searching for a marrow match to save their life when traditional chemo and radiation fail. It only takes 10 minutes to join the registry insisting some paperwork and a cheek swab.
The Health & Wellness Center and the Student Government Association are partnering up with GenCure Marrow Donor Program to have booths around Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The Bone Marrow Donor Registration Event will be held Feb. 20-22nd from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. each day.
“On this campus, we had Isabel Mata signed up and she matched and she donated to a little baby,” said Jon Hudson, GenCure Community Engagement Lead. “Taylor Wilkins thanked us because he got a bone marrow transplant and it came from this bone marrow registry.”
There are two ways to donate, 75% it can be donated from the bloodstream, similar to a plasma donation. 25% of the time it is donated during an outpatient procedure where the individual is unconscious.
There will be a competition between student organizations with a possible $300 prize. The organizations with the highest number of committed donors win.
If you’re interested in volunteering, RSVP for Ambassador training Sunday, Feb. 19th by emailing [email protected] All volunteers will receive a shirt, once signing up to a link after emailing Jon Hudson for interest.