Students, faculty find marrow and blood stem cell donors

Monday, October 11, 2004

Former SCSU professor Daun Kendig

Communication studies students and faculty honored one of their own with their annual marrow and blood stem cell donor registration drive this spring. The event was formally named after former SCSU professor Daun Kendig, who lost her battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after a marrow transplant several years ago.

Kendig, a communication studies professor for 20 years, was the inspiration to start the drive at SCSU four years ago. Although she did not survive, the marrow transplant she received gave her one more year with her family.

The professor found a donor through the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), which maintains a registry of 5 million potential donors. Marrow and blood stem cell transplants are the only real help for such diseases as leukemia, anemia and lymphoma, as well as immune system and genetic disorders, according to the NMDP.

Said Diana Rehling, faculty chair of the drive: “We organized our first drive as a thank you for the registry being there when our colleague and professor needed it.”

Approximately 600 volunteers have registered as potential donors during the four SCSU drives.

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