OLYMPIA,Wash.– For the second straight season, The Evergreen State College Geoducks will host a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on January 21, 2012 in conjunction with their Cascade Conference basketball doubleheader with Corban.
Teaming up with the Puget Sound Blood Center to conduct the drive, Evergreen hopes to not only raise awareness regarding the process of donating bone marrow but help add to the registry as well, particularly for minority patients, who have an even tougher time finding matching donors.
The drive is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at in the CRC on The Evergreen State College campus. Staff from PSBC will assist fans in completing the necessary forms to join the registry as well as have the donor complete a cheek swab so that DNA can be entered into the database.
Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 to 60 and meet certain health requirements but even if someone cannot register to be a donor, PSBC will be on hand to share other ways that fans can donate to the important cause.
For more information regarding the national Be The Match Registry and the need for bone marrow donors, the Puget Sound Blood Center has a webpage at http://www.psbc.org/programs/marrow.htm.