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MSU to host bone marrow registry drive on Friday

Morehead State University students are teaming up with Be the Match Registry for the Justin Graham bone marrow registry drive Friday, March 31, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in 002 Breckinridge Hall on the MSU campus.

Graham, a former four-sport (soccer, basketball, baseball and track) athlete at Rowan County Senior High, was diagnosed in January with acute myeloid leukemia, which is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that build up in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells.

Sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening diseases, like leukemia, leave too many minority patients fighting for their lives. Not enough diverse, committed potential donors have joined. Today, minority donors comprise only 30 percent of the Be The Match National Registry.

All participants have to do is fill out a registration form and have the inside of their cheek swabbed.

For more information, contact Xavier Moon at xxmoon@moreheadstate.edu or Kristin Tiedeman at k.tiedeman@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-9446.