Bone Marrow Registry Drive Held at NMC

  • Date: April 30, 2014
  • Author: Nebraska Methodist Health System

OMAHA, NE - Bone Marrow Registry Drive Held at NMC

Every four minutes a person is diagnosed with a blood cancer, many times it's Leukemia.  For those in need of a bone marrow transplant for the disease, 70 percent of patients don't have a matching donor in their family.

A bone marrow registration program called Be The Match teamed up with the Nebraska Methodist College, Wednesday, to create awareness about the disease.  The two hosted a registration event to recruit volunteers to become bone marrow donors.

Shannon Struby knows exactly how important that can be.  Her brother-in-law is diagnosed with Leukemia.  His wife, sister and Struby could not help him because they're bone marrow did not match his.

In 6 hours, 83 people were added to the registryand over $2,800 was raised for Be the Match.

Watch KPTM Fox 42 reporter Franque Thompson's story.

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Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College is a private, fully accredited nursing and healthcare professions college, and an affiliate of Methodist Health System. Located in Omaha, Neb., NMC offers certificate, undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs on campus and online.  For more information about the College, visit www.methodistcollege.edu.