DULUTH - A bone marrow donor registration drive was held at St. Luke’s Lester River Medical Clinic Saturday, putting donors on the national registry that could be a potential match for patients with various forms of blood cancer.
Organizers said registering as a donor is simple.
“You show up here, you fill out a form, we swab the inside of your cheek for approximately 10 seconds and then that gets put on the national registry, so someone that might be looking for a donor can pull from a larger pool of donors,” Tanya Pitoscia, a LPN, said.
“I find it important because there are so many people out there waiting for bone marrow donors and to help, possibly save their life,” April Flatt, a local medical assistant, said.
Pitoscia said once you are a match for a recipient, bone marrow would be removed from your hip or through stem cells from your blood.
And if you are between the ages of 18-55 and in good health, you are eligible to register.
Go to www.deletebloodcancer.org for more information.