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Release: Jan. 9, 2003
Blood and marrow donor drive will honor Fort Dodge boy
Friends and family of a 5-year-old Fort Dodge boy will
hold a drive to register potential marrow donors and collect donated blood
in his honor from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church
in Fort Dodge.
Justin Alphs, 5, of Fort Dodge, was diagnosed with leukemia in November
2002. It is possible that he will need a bone marrow or peripheral blood
stem cell transplant. He has no siblings to test as possible donors and will
turn to the National Marrow Donor Program's national registry of more than
4.8 million people for an unrelated donor. It is the family's hope that through
this drive, awareness will be raised about the ongoing need for people to
join the registry so patients can have life-saving transplants.
The Iowa Marrow Donor Program seeks healthy, committed volunteers, ages
18 to 60 and in general good health, 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 blood 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.
People who wish to donate blood need to pre-register with Joni Clark at
(515) 546-6303. A total of 60 persons will be able to donate blood that day.
No appointment is necessary to join the Iowa Marrow Donor Program. There
is no limit to the number of people who can join that day.
For more information about the donor drive or to receive application forms,
call 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the program
can be found online at www.int-med.uiowa.edu/IMDP.
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