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For more information, please call 304-399-6742
Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital will host a free bone marrow donor registration drive from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, November 29 in the atrium of the Marshall University Medical Center on the hospital campus.
The registration process consists of a simple cheek swab for cells that will be used to determine potential bone marrow matches for cancer patients in need. The donor registration drive is intended for adults between the ages of 18 and 44 because doctors choose registry members age 18 to 44 more than 90 percent of the time, according to the National Marrow Donor Program and the Be The Match Registry.
This is the second marrow donor registration drive hosted at Cabell Huntington Hospital. In February 2011, more than 240 people participated after a pediatric oncology patient at the hospital asked Santa for a bone marrow transplant. This year’s event will take place in honor of Megan Foltz, an eight-year-old cancer patient currently battling acute myeloid leukemia. Megan has received care as a patient in the pediatric oncology program at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center and her family requested help supporting a bone marrow drive to help their daughter. Since that request, Megan has found a potential match and is scheduled for a bone marrow transplant in Cincinnati this week.
There is no cost to be placed on the registry, but those who wish to join must be in good health and be willing to donate bone marrow if they are found to be a match. For complete details about being on the registry, please visit www.marrow.org.
For more information about the bone marrow donor registry drive at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call 304-399-6742.