Bone marrow registry drive

rpulley@lsjournal.comJune 5, 2013 

Visitors to Downtown Days in Lee’s Summit have a chance to help save a life by volunteering and registering to be a bone marrow donor.

There are thousands of people needing transplants, said Amanda Sandor, a volunteer for Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, a registry to connect donors and patients.

Sandor, 24, is a Lee’s Summit resident who became involved with the not-for-profit Delete Blood Cancer by working with the grandfather of four boys from St. Louis who need transplants, helping him organize a donor drive at MCC-Longview.

Most donations don’t require surgery, she said.

“Part of my efforts on putting on this drive is to help spread the word that bone marrow donation isn’t as scary as it seems,” Sandor said. “They can now extract stem cells by doing a peripheral blood stem cell donation. It’s basically like giving plasma.”

The Delete Blood Cancer booth will open noon to 10 p.m. June 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 8 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 at 333 SE Douglas Street.

To join the registry just complete an information/ consent form and give swab of the inside of your cheek to collect cells for tissue typing.

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