Students reach milestone in bone marrow/stem cell drive
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
This spring, SCSU communication studies students registered their 1,000th donor candidate in a bone marrow/stem cell donor registration drive they’ve led for the last seven years. The students’ remarkable success attracted the attention of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, which gave the drive front-page coverage.
The cost to be added to the national registry is typically as much as $150, but with the help of the Granite Rotary, St. Cloud, and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), the students were able offer free registration.
The NMDP provides marrow and stem cell transplants to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. According to the NMDP, 70 percent of patients needing a transplant cannot find one within their immediate family, and look to the national registry for help.