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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 7, 2004

Marrow Registration Drives Scheduled In Van Horne And Fairfield

Organizers are sponsoring two bone marrow registration drives to help a young girl from Van Horne, Iowa.

Both donor drives will be held in honor of 2-year-old Taylor Krueger. Diagnosed with a form of leukemia, Taylor is currently searching for a matched, unrelated donor. Her family's hope is that through Taylor's story people will be encouraged to join the registry and possibly offer someone like her the gift of life.

The first donor drive will occur on Taylor's third birthday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the fire station located on Main Street in Van Horne.

The second donor drive will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Harper Brush Works in Fairfield, Iowa, at 400 North 2nd St. Organizers strongly encourage the public to participate in either registration opportunity.

Efforts to raise money to cover the cost of tissue typing for those who join the registry are also underway. For each person who joins the registry, a contracted lab charges $65 to conduct the tissue typing process. The Iowa Marrow Donor Program also accepts donations to help cover the costs of tissue typing.

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 who need 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 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 almost 22,000 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 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 donor drive in Van Horne, please contact Sally Donald at 319-228-8148. For more information regarding the donor drive in Fairfield, please contact Marla Brader at 641-472-9017. 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.iowamarrow.org.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the 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 http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.