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Release: Nov. 1, 2002

Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association to hold donor registration drive

Emergency medical specialists such as paramedics are used to saving lives, but they will have an opportunity to save lives in a different way when the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association (IEMSA) holds its annual conference Nov. 14-16 at the Polk County Convention Center in Des Moines.

Conference attendees are invited to register as bone marrow donors. IEMSA members became supporters of the Iowa Marrow Donor Program after some colleagues in the EMS community were diagnosed with a disease and needed a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant. They continue to work to boost awareness and recruiting efforts. IEMSA has generously donated booth space to the Iowa Marrow Donor Program in order to further the mission of the program. As EMS providers, they understand the value and gift of life. The estimated attendance for the conference is 700 people.

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

For more information or to receive application forms, contact the Iowa Marrow Donor Program toll free at (800) 944-8220, locally at (319) 356-3337 or by e-mail at debra-hoyle@uiowa.edu.

November is National Marrow Donor Awareness Month.

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