Every year, thousands of adults and children need bone marrow transplants — a procedure which may be their only chance for survival. Although some patients with leukemia or other cancers have a genetically matched family member who can donate, about 70 percent do not. These patients' lives depend on finding an unrelated individual with a compatible tissue type, often within their own ethnic group, who is willing to donate marrow for them.
We are partnering with a UW Bothell student, Doug Woods, to host a campus Bone Marrow Registry Drive. Doug came up with the idea to empower UW Bothell students to make a difference in the lives of patients in desperate need of bone marrow, and he will be coordinating the drive on October 13th.
Participating in the drive involves nothing more than approximately 10 minutes of paperwork and giving a cheek swab. Registrants are then added to a national bone marrow registry. If they end up being a match for someone they will be notified by the registry, and given the choice of whether or not they would like to go through with donation. Our volunteers will spread the word around campus and help promote the event on the day of the drive. Please consider becoming a part of the registry; your actions may save a life of someone in need.