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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 27, 2004

UI Community Credit Union To Host Blood And Marrow Drive

You will have two opportunities to save lives during one special event next week.

The University of Iowa Community Credit Union will host a blood donation drive and marrow donor registration drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at its location at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City. The public is invited to participate.

The DeGowin Blood Center supplies blood products for patients of UI Hospitals and Clinics. A donor must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be cold and flu symptom-free for five days to donate blood. Last year, more than 33,000 transfusions occurred at UI Hospitals and Clinics, an average of nearly 90 every day.

For more information about the donation process, visit the DeGowin Blood Center's website at www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter or call 319-356-2058.

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 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 20,007 people, 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 UI Community Credit Union and the donor drive, please contact Jean Knepper, at 319-341-2105. 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 is available 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 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