Bone marrow donor registration drive set at Walla Walla Community College

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College will host a bone marrow donor registration drive March 14 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the main building.

“Each year 10,000 people in the U.S. are in need of a bone marrow transplant,” said nursing student Miranda Amwoka, who organized the effort.

“Seventy percent of those people are not a match with their immediate family and rely on finding a donor from the national registry list.

“If you or your loved one needed a transplant, wouldn’t you want people to register?”

People ages 18-65 in good health can qualify to donate bone marrow.

Registrants found to be a match for someone in need will be contacted for further testing to confirm compatibility and given a physical exam.

The closest facility that performs these procedures is in San Francisco, Amwoka said.

“Travel, lodging, food is all paid for, there is no expense to you,” she said.

For more details email miranda.amwoka18@gmail.com or visit deletebloodcancer.org .

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