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Release: Jan. 25, 2002

Project Marrow To Hold Donor Registration Drive Feb. 7 At IMU

Project Marrow will sponsor its third annual marrow donor registration drive from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Ohio State and Michigan Rooms of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. The public is invited to participate.

Project Marrow seeks healthy, committed volunteers, ages 18 to 60, to register their marrow type with the National Marrow Donor Program. Once registered, a volunteer may be called upon to donate marrow or stem cells to a person needing a transplant to fight a life-threatening disease. Registration is easy, requiring simple application forms and a small blood sample.

For more information or to receive application forms, call the Iowa Marrow Donor Program toll free at (800) 944-8220 or locally at (319) 356-3337.

Three years ago UI students, affected by diseases involving marrow transplants, formed a new student organization called Project Marrow to educate the UI community about the National Marrow Donor Program registry. Project Marrow gives community members the opportunity to save lives by registering their marrow with the program. The students involved in Project Marrow are responsible for membership, publicity and drive participation. Since the founding of Project Marrow, 597 volunteers have registered to donate, 24 have been called for additional testing and four of these members have been asked to donate stem cells. Project Marrow is closely affiliated with the Iowa Marrow Donor Program at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For more information regarding Project Marrow or the donor drive, please contact Allison Green, president, at (319) 337-8244 or by e-mail at allison-e-green@uiowa.edu, or Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator of the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, by e-mail at debra-hoyle@uiowa.edu. Information about Project Marrow can be found online at www.uiowa.edu/~pmarrow.

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