Help delete blood cancer! Get swabbed to register as a possible, future bone marrow donor. It’s as easy as having a cheek swabbed with a cotton swab and sharing contact information.
Nurses from Penn Highlands DuBois will be at Penn State DuBois from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Hiller Building’s Quiet Lounge to help. It’s easy and free to do if a person is: between the ages of 18-55, in good health, weighs 110 pounds or more and is willing to donate to any patient in need someday.
Why does Penn Highlands encourage this? Many patients fighting blood cancer and other blood diseases like sickle cell anemia can be saved with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Thirty percent of all patients needing transplants find a compatible donor within their family, but seventy percent must turn to the national registry to find one. Every year, nearly 14,000 patients need transplants using cells donated from a perfect stranger, and less than half will get them.