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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2005

Marrow Donor Registration Drives Set At UI

The University of Iowa Academy of Student Pharmacists and the UI Medical Association each will hold marrow donor drives the week of March 28. The public is invited to participate.

The UI Academy of Student Pharmacists will hold their drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 28 in the Banker Center of the UI Pharmacy Building. The DeGowin Blood Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics will hold a blood drive at the same time and location as well.

The UI American Medical Association will hold its drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 in the Atrium of the Medical Education Research Facility. 

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 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 Academy of Student Pharmacists, contact Danielle Ficke, chapter president, at danielle-ficke@uiowa.edu or 319-573-2887. For more information regarding the American Medical Association, contact Beth Kilborn at sara-kilborn@uiowa.edu or 319-337-3744. For more information about the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, 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