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University of Iowa News Release

April 12, 2005

Marrow Registration Drives Scheduled In Davenport, Newton, Iowa City

Three separate organizations will hold marrow donor registration drives during the week of April 18. The donor drives are open to the public. No appointment is necessary at any of the locations. 

A marrow donor registration drive in Davenport will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the University Center at St. Ambrose University.  The campus is located at 518 West Locust St. The Campus Activities Board and Up Til Dawn St. Jude's Club are sponsoring the drive.

A second donor drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Des Moines Area Community College's Newton campus, sponsored by the Student Activities Council and Phi Theta Kappa. The campus is located at 600 N. Second Ave.

The third donor drive will be take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City. Staff from the DeGowin Blood Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics also will be present collecting blood donations. 

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 needing to receive healthy stem cells from someone else, only 30 percent have a suitable family match, leaving the remaining 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 over 23,000 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 at St. Ambrose, please contact Audra Schuler of the Campus Activites Board at 563-888-7059. For more information regarding the donor drive at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, contact Doug Frazer at 641-791-1722. For more information regarding the donor drive at the UI Community Credit Union, contact Jean Knepper at 319-341-2105. For more information about 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. Writer: Deb Hoyle.