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Consider being a bone marrow donor

Every five minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Every ten minutes, blood cancer takes a life. Currently only 3 in 10 patients will find a matching donor that could save their lives.

So Crouse is helping to change those numbers by hosting a bone marrow donor drive Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m. -- 2 p.m. in the small cafeteria in memory of our student volunteer, Eddie Swain, and in honor of Barbara Seigle, a teaching assistant for the Syracuse City School District. (Barbara has a combination of CML, MDS, & AML leukemia and a marrow transplant is her only hope for a cure.) The drive is cosponsored with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and DKMS Americas.

And if you are squeamish about or afraid of the necessary procedure to donate bone marrow think about whether you could go through with it if the person whose life you could save was standing in front of you. The chance of you being called as a donor is slim. But the likelihood of your donation saving a life is very high.

Please check out more information at www.dkmsamericas.org. And even if you can't register Thursday you can sign up on the Web site to register by mail.

Below are all of the eligibility requirements for registering as a donor.

Eligibility

Donors must be between 18 and 55 years of age and in good general health. Donors are asked to share personal information such as age, address, telephone number and a brief clinical history. This information is private but is included in the DKMS database.

For umbilical cord donations, any healthy, pregnant woman who has a normal vaginal delivery is eligible to donate cord blood stem cells.

Donors must NOT suffer from any of the following:

AIDS: If you have HIV or are at risk.

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