Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Campus members can make an impact during upcoming bone marrow drive

A bone marrow drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p .m. on April 14 in the Bennett Hall lobby and room 105. The event is sponsored by “Be The Match Registry” and includes swabbing the inside of individuals’ mouths to determine if they are a suitable match for a patient on the registry.

There is no registration, and individuals can just stop by

The best bone marrow samples are from donors who are 18- to 44-year- old, so the Chillicothe Campus community offers an ideal cross section.

The impetus for the drive is the situation of Tracy Jalbuena, the sister of OU-C student Dan Jalbuena. Tracy Jalbuena, a 43-year-old physician in Maine, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, in 2014. She is now undergoing chemotherapy and is actively searching for a stem cell donor.

For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow transplant may be their best or only hope for a cure. Yet 70 percent of patients who need a transplant do not have a matched donor in their family. However, a patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the "Be The Match Registry" is estimated to range from 66-97 percent, depending on race and ethnicity.

Tracy’s mixed heritage (German/Irish/Filipino) is proving difficult to match.

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