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Students win national marrow donor award

Monday, October 22, 2007

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - St. Cloud State University announced today that it has received the 2007 National Marrow Donor (NMDP) Collegiate Award because of the university’s work with the Daun Kendig Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive each spring.  Students and faculty members, according to the NMDP, have shown “a high level of commitment in raising awareness, recruiting donors and supporting the life-saving work of the NMDP."

St. Cloud State earned the honor in competition with nominees from the NMDP’s national network of donor centers, transplant centers, apheresis centers, recruitment groups, cord blood banks, collection centers, repositories and laboratories.

Communication studies students, who have led bone marrow/stem cell donor registration drives for the last seven years, this spring registered their 1,000th donor candidate.  The cost to be added to the national registry is typically as much as $150, but with the help of the Granite Rotary and the NMDP, the students offer free registration.

The NMDP has told faculty leader Diana Rehling, associate professor of communication studies, that at least seven people who were added to the donor list because of St. Cloud State drives have actually served as donors, with many others named potential donors for particular recipients.

The NMDP (www.marrow.org) provides marrow and stem cell transplants to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. 

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Media:  Associate Professor of Communication Studies Diana Rehling can be reached at 320-308-1693 for comment.

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