Penn State Hershey to hold bone marrow drive Sept. 22

August 19, 2004

On Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the University Fitness Center, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, individuals can provide the living gift of life by becoming a volunteer donor for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMPD). Thanks to the miracle of medicine and the gift from a stranger, a patient can be saved through marrow or blood stem cell transplant.

Each year, more than 30,000 children and adults in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases, such as leukemia. For many of these patients, a marrow transplant may be the only chance for a cure and 70 percent of the patients will need to search for an unrelated donor.

The NMPD Registry has grown significantly in the past few years and now arrange more than 100 marrow transplants each month. More can be learned about the registry by attending one of the following informational sessions:

-- 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23., ASB Room 2008, College C1845A/B, Dining Room C, UPC 1010;

-- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, College C11832, Hospital Auditorium Anteroom, UPC 1010; and

-- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, ASB Room 2008, Dining Room C, UPC 1010.

To schedule an appointment for the day of the drive, contact the volunteer office at (717) 531-8278. Donor-related medical questions may be directed to Carrie Eichelberger at (717) 531-1658.

Eligible donors must be at least 18 years old, in good general health, and have no history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Donors cannot be more than 60 years of age, cannot be greatly overweight or be at high risk for HIV infection.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009