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Release: July 29, 2002

Iowa Air National Guard to hold donor registration drive in Fort Dodge area Aug. 3

The 133rd Iowa Air National Guard Test Squadron will hold the first-ever marrow donor registration drive in the Fort Dodge area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Iowa Air National Guard base.

The Iowa Air Guard seeks healthy, committed volunteers, ages 18-59, to register their tissue type with the National Marrow Donor Program through the Iowa 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 completion of a simple consent form and a small blood sample.

This will be the first donor drive to ever be held in the Fort Dodge area. Local radio station KKEZ Mix 94.5 will broadcast on location throughout the drive. All area residents are invited to participate. Everyone who registers during the drive can also receive a tour of the Air National Guard base, located across from the airport.

For more information about the donor drive, call Sgt. Bob Steffes at (515) 574-3248 or the Iowa Marrow Donor Program toll free at (800) 944-8220 or locally at (319) 356-3337.

For more information regarding the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, please contact Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator of the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, by e-mail at debra-hoyle@uiowa.edu. Information about the program can be found online at www.int-med.uiowa.edu/IMDP.

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