COA International Club bone marrow registry drive Feb. 20

By on February 12, 2018

The International Club of the College of the Albemarle is taking part in a life-saving legacy by hosting a Bone Marrow Registry Drive.

The club has partnered with DKMS, an international non-for-profit committed to fighting blood cancer.

DKMS, founded in Germany 25 years ago and maintains offices in Germany, the United States, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The organization has registered over six million potential donors worldwide and boasts a staff of over 600 hailing from almost two dozen countries.

The purpose of the drive is to help the organization create awareness and recruit bone marrow donors, providing a second chance at life.

Partnerships with community colleges and universities across the nation allow DKMS to grow the national bone marrow registry and increase the number of donors willing and able to donate marrow to patients.

The drives provide participants and others with all the information related to the bone marrow donation process and adds the donor names to the National Bone Marrow Donation registry.

If perfect matches are eventually found, donors pledge to help those in need.

The suggested age range of potential donors varies from 18 to 55.

Other ways to support a cause include financial donations and volunteering.

“I encourage everyone interested in giving a second chance of life to come learn the facts about the Bone Marrow Donation and make an informed decision about joining the fight against blood cancer and related disorders”, says Anastasiia Ovcharuk, the President of the COA International Club.

The event will take place in the COA Dare Campus, 123 Russell Twiford Rd. in Manteo on February 20 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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