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The accessible can advice save lives on Thursday through a action that takes no best than a cup of coffee.
The Messiah Academy Nurses Affiliation is hosting a DKMS cartilage bottom donor drive on campus from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Apprentice Union architecture and from 8 a.m. to apex at the Eisenhower Commons on the academy campus. The accident advisedly coincides with the alpha of November, which is National Cartilage Bottom Donor Month.
The accessible action for donor screening artlessly involves swabbing the cheeks of abeyant donors for a DNA sample. The sample again is registered with an all-embracing cartilage bottom donor abstracts abject in hopes of award a analogous claret blight accommodating in need. Bottom is fatigued at addition area alone in the instance of a match.
“The accomplished (screening) action takes beneath than 10 minutes,” said chief nursing apprentice Carly Rechenberg. “We’re alike application tablets this year instead of bushing out paperwork, so it should booty alike quicker than antecedent years. As approaching nurses, we apprehend the acceptation of abutting the registry.”
Donors charge be at atomic 18 years old and may abide on the anthology until age 61. Academy acceptance are advised ideal for abutting the anthology because “We’re all aloof starting our lives our and accept abounding years advanced of us,” Rechenberg said.
This is the fourth year that Messiah’s nurses affiliation has hosted a cartilage bottom donor drive in affiliation with the college’s Engle Center for Counseling and Bloom Services. The aboriginal year reaped 120 new donors, but numbers steadily beneath afterwards that. Last year, 60 new donors were registered.
Rechenberg, who is carnality admiral of the college’s apprentice nursing association, is arch efforts this year to allure at atomic 200 apprentice donors through continued hours and amped publicity. “I anticipate a lot of bodies are afraid to do this because they misunderstand the process, but it can save a life,” she said.
DKMS is an all-embracing nonprofit alignment committed to angry adjoin claret blight and claret disorders through accessible awareness, recruiting cartilage bottom donors, adopting funds, acknowledging research, and accommodating support, according to the organization’s website. It additionally covers costs back donor matches biking to their recipients.
Every three minutes, addition in the U.S. is diagnosed with a anatomy of claret cancer, said Michelle Lucas, coordinator of bloom casework at Messiah College. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society estimates that a accumulated absolute of 174,250 bodies in the US will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2018. Alone 30 percent of those gluttonous cartilage bottom transplants will acquisition a donor aural their own family. “There are 14,000 bodies a year attractive for donor bout alfresco of their own family,” Lucas said.
Lucas said Thursday’s cartilage bottom donor drive fits in able-bodied with one of the college’s capacity for this year: “To do the greater good.”
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