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Release: Jan. 31, 2003
Graceland University to hold donor registration drive Feb. 18
Campus Ministries at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, will sponsor its
second annual donor registration drive for the Iowa Marrow Donor Program from
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Memorial Student Center on campus.
The public is invited to participate.
Graceland University held its first marrow donor registration drive in 2002
to support a former student who required a transplant and needed an unrelated
donor. Last year, 170 people registered to join the Iowa and national registries
through this effort. As a result of that drive, one donor has provided much
needed stem cells to a recipient, and another person has received additional
testing to determine if a match with a patient might be possible. Graceland
University is again offering the community the opportunity to save lives by
registering their tissue type with the program.
The Iowa Marrow Donor Program seeks committed volunteers ages 18 to 60 and
in general good health. When joining the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, a person's
tissue type becomes registered as part of the Iowa and National Marrow Donor
Programs' registries. 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.
Each year, more than 30,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with
diseases treatable by a stem cell transplant. Of the patients needing to receive
healthy stem cells from someone else, only 30 percent have a suitable family
match, leaving the additional 70 percent to rely on unrelated donors.
The Iowa Marrow Donor Program was created in 1981 at UI Hospitals and Clinics
and became affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program in 1991. On average,
25 to 30 donors are called to donate each year from the Iowa Marrow Donor
Program's registry of 18,785 persons, and many more are called for further
testing. Approximately 2,000 people join the Iowa and national registries
each year through the Iowa Marrow Donor Program.
For more information about the Feb. 18 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,
contact Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator of the Iowa Marrow Donor Program,
by e-mail at email@example.com. Information about the program also can
be found online at www.iowamarrow.org.
For more information about Graceland University or Campus Ministries, contact
Blake Smith at (641) 784-5466.
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UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.