Students excel at recruiting donors
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Donor Registration Drive led by communication studies students this spring added 156 potential donors to the national registry, bringing to more than 1,350 the number of potential donors registered in nine annual drives.
The cost to be added to the national registry is usually $150, but with financial help from the Granite Rotary and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), registration was free.
This year’s drive was themed “Come Get Swabbed with a Friend.” Potential donors completed a health questionnaire and gave a DNA sample via a mouth swab. The NMDP provides marrow and stem cell transplants to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases.