Wilkes University Holds Bone Marrow Donor Registration Event On Oct. 5 During Homecoming Weekend
WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Sept. 24, 2012) – Wilkes University is holding a bone marrow donor registration on Oct. 5 in conjunction with its Homecoming Weekend. The event is sponsored by DKMS Americas, a national bone marrow donor center. Volunteer registration will be held in the Henry Student Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no fee to register.
DKMS Americas organizes donor drives to raise awareness and recruit potential bone marrow donors to be placed on a donor registry. Registration involves a simple cheek swab and filling out a questionnaire. Each year, thousands of patients are diagnosed with leukemia, blood cancer, or other fatal autoimmune diseases. Patient-donor matches are very rare; the odds that two randomly selected individuals are compatible exceed one in 20,000. The larger the pool of donors, the greater the chance a patient can find a suitable donor match.
Donor registration such as the one being held at Wilkes is the best means of generating a large pool and eventually identifying matches. Holding the registration at Homecoming, when many alumni return to the University, will increase the number of potential registrants.
Two Wilkes University staff members researched how to register to be a donor and found the DKMS Americas organization, which doesn’t charge any fees for donor registration. With the high demand for college-aged donors, the University decided to host a drive to support and promote the cause. For more information about DKMS Americas, registration, or how to make a donation, please visit www.dkmsamericas.org.