Medical students to host bone marrow registration drive

UMass Medical School Communications

March 05, 2014

A group of first-year medical students is holding a bone marrow registration drive on Monday, March 10, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Conference Room.

The students were motivated by firsthand knowledge of people whose lives were saved by bone marrow transplants. Their goal is to register 100 people. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on finding matching donors who can save their lives.

Registering to become a bone marrow donor takes about 10 minutes and includes a simple cheek swab to collect cells for tissue typing.

The drive will benefit the Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.