Sunday, August 9, 2020

Fraternities hold bone marrow drive at Union

Members of two MSU fraternities are asking students to possibly save a life with fewer than 15 minutes of their time.

Alpha Phi Alpha and Lambda Phi Epsilon will sponsor a bone marrow drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the MSU Union concourse.

Participants in the drive add their names to the national bone marrow registry by filling out a consent form and taking a "finger poke" test to draw a sample of blood.

The National Marrow Donor Program, which oversees the directory, is specifically targeted to find minorities to become volunteer donors. Seventy percent of people in minority groups who need blood transplants aren't able to find matching marrow within their families.

It's possible for patients to match donors from any racial or ethnic group, but the most likely match is someone from their racial or ethnic group.

For more information, call (800) 968-4283, ext. 365.

Shannon Houghton

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