Bone Marrow Drive March 2013 (following the Blood Drive)Dates and location:
Thursday, March 28th, 2013, 1pm-3pm MC Ballroom
Friday, March 29th, 2013, 8:30am-5pm MC Ballroom
500,000 lives are saved each year, in the United States, because of organ donation. There are many more people whose lives need to be saved, but are not, because the need for organ donation is greater than availability of such organs. This process of donation includes more than just giving organs like the heart, kidneys, or the liver. It can include donating blood or plasma and the donation of bodily tissues, like bone marrow.
Around 30,000 people in the United States are in need of a bone marrow transplant, because of life threatening illnesses. This semester we will hold a Bone Marrow Drive and you can be a part of it. It's simple. Come and get your cheek swabbed and then your DNA will be put into a registry. Some day if you are deemed a "match" for someone else you could literally save someone's life. Approximately 18 people die everyday waiting for a life saving organ, but with your addition to the bone marrow registry the number of people who die from a need of a bone marrow transplant can actually decrease.
There are many other ways you can help, as well! Make sure you talk to your families about this issue and become an organ donor on your state ID or driver's license. KNOW what that little heart means when you choose to become a donor and visit these sites or other sites that relate to the state you are from.
For more information contact Cassie Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up for the drive here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0An-gaRd19_TpdGRfN1djX044MjEwN1RDQjAxT1IyWlE#gid=0
Volunteer at the drive here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0An-gaRd19_TpdHNqUlZmZDRLVGRxVHd5NE0yVVNFRFE#gid=0