More than 800 Sign Up at Student-Run Bone Marrow Registry Drive
Participants get “swabbed” to help save lives in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma
STONY BROOK, NY, November 19, 2012 –More than 800 Stony Brook University students, faculty and other individuals participated in a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on November 14 to help those with leukemia or lymphoma who are in need a bone marrow transplant to beat their disease. The drive was organized by four Stony Brook University Students, who partnered with DKMS Americas, the world’s largest marrow donor center.
The successful drive had been organized by students Derek Cope, Maggie Knight, Samuel Rosner, and Peter Sheh. They developed a campus-wide effort for the drive that included numerous locations for individuals to join the registry – the Student Activities Center and Campus Recreation Center on the University’ main campus; and Stony Brook University Hospital, the Cancer Center, and Health Sciences tower on the Stony Brook Medicine campus.
Each day 7,500 people are searching for a match on the National Bone Marrow Registry. Six out of 10 patients in need of a bone marrow transplant never find a match. Conducting a bone marrow registry drive increases the pool of potential matches nationwide.
A simple “swab” on the inside of one’s cheek is the first step to becoming a match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. A total of 841 individuals – a majority of them Stony Brook University students – were swabbed during the drive.