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Student bone marrow donor drive total now over 1,350

Friday, April 3, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - One hundred fifty-six potential donors were added to the national registry as a result of the Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Donor Registration Drive led by communication studies students at St. Cloud State University on April 1, bringing to more than 1,350 the number of potential donors registered in nine annual drives.

This year’s theme was “Come Get Swabbed With a Friend.”  Potential donors completed a health questionnaire and gave a DNA sample via a mouth swab. 

The drive is held annually in honor of Daun Kendig, a St. Cloud State faculty member who received a bone marrow transplant in 2001 and has since passed away. 

The cost of being added to the national registry is usually $150, but with the financial help of the Granite Rotary and the National Marrow Donor Program, the Daun Kendig Bone Marrow Registration Drive was free. 

The student drive was conducted with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), which provides marrow and stem cell transplants to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. 

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For more information, contact Diana Rehling, 320-308-1693, dlrehling@stcloudstate.edu , or Wendy Bjorklund, 320-308-1512, wlbjorklund@stcloudstate.edu .

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