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Bone marrow drive in Cape Girardeau

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By Stephanie Byars - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEA, MO (KFVS) - You can help save a life by registering during a bone marrow drive Tuesday in Cape Girardeau.  The drive at Saint Francis Medical Center is sponsored by The Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society Alliance. 

Here's how it works:  at the registry, you get your cheek swabbed to test for DNA.  That's all you have to do at the drive.  If you meet the medical criteria, you would then go on the bone marrow registry.  From there, it could be months or a year, that someone in need is matched with you.  At that point, you would donate marrow to the person in need.  For 75 percent of people, the donation process is as simple as a process similar to blood donation.  Some people will have to undergo anesthesia for a bone marrow extraction.  Both methods are outpatient procedures.  

Seventy percent of those who have an illness like Leukemia or Lymphoma do not have a donor in their family that matches.  The donation is often the only hope for a cure.

The bone marrow registry will be held in Saint Francis Medical Center's Franciscan room from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Donors must be between 18 and 60 years of age.

Click here to find out more about the bone marrow registry initiative.

According to Saint Francis Medical Center The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and Be The Match Foundation® are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.

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