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The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is hosting a bone marrow donor drive on Tuesday, June 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the lobby area between the hospital’s cafeteria and gift shop, first floor.
Nemours associates and the public, ages 18 through 60, are invited to participate in the drive, which involves an eligibility survey and then a simple cheek swab. The swab indicates the person’s HLA (human leukocyte antigen) typing which is the information used to match donors and recipients.
Typically, potential donors pay from $50-$100 to be included in the National Marrow Donor Program registry. However, this screening, sponsored by the Icla Da Silva Foundation, is free of charge. And, for those who are interested but unable to come to the hospital on June 5, a free mail-in donor kit is available.
Danielle Perry, Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program Manager, is coordinating the drive. “This is a chance to save a life,” said Perry. “Some of our successfully transplanted patients have been cured as a result of one in 10 million matches.”
Those who decide to be screened will receive preliminary results by mail and be entered in the registry along with millions of others. People of all ethnicities are encouraged to take part; there is an especially acute need for minority donor matches.