Sorority members part of effort to find bone marrow donors


An effort to eliminate blood cancer has gone global with a concerted effort to Delete Blood Cancer. Locally, members of Whitman College’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, including Emily Reynolds and Mirabda Amwoka teamed in April to solicit bone marrow donors at the Walla Walla YMCA for the worldwide organization founded in Germany in 1991 by Peter and Katharina Harf.

Through the sorority’s community service project, members gathered 43 signatures to be part of the Bone Marrow Donor Center, Emily said.

“It was quite a success. It was an amazing experience for me personally to watch complete strangers sign up to save lives.

People really opened up and shared their own experiences with cancer and showed me a beautiful side of humanity,” she said.

The Harfs’ organization fights to blot out blood cancer by empowering people to take action, give bone marrow and save lives. With over 4 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide, Delete Blood Cancer is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, according to a release from Beth Swanson, communication coordinator at the Y.

A simple swab on the inside of one’s cheek can help the BMDC determine a match for someone in need of a life-saving transplant.

“It was an inspiring day watching our Y members stop and take a moment to join,” said Tom Gray, Y membership director.

Cancer is the second leading cause of all deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Find out more about the DBC here.


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