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Media Memo: Bone Marrow Drive at Weekend
Powwow

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: April 27, 2006

SUBJECT: Bone Marrow Drive at Weekend Powwow

The Annual Honoring Education Powwow April 29 at UW-Eau Claire will include a bone marrow drive to benefit American Indians and other minorities in need of bone marrow transplants.

The bone marrow drive will take place from 4-10 p.m. Saturday in Zorn Arena.

Registering as a donor on the national registry is a simple process. During Saturday's bone marrow drive, blood will be drawn from prospective donors and sent to a lab. If the lab results indicate the donor might be a match for someone in need, arrangements will be made for further tests. If a donor is a perfect match for someone in need, the person will be asked to donate marrow, which will then be given to the patient.

Giving bone marrow is safe and easy, and usually only requires one night in a hospital. Bone marrow is taken from the donor's hip bone. In a matter of weeks, the marrow will be replenished by the donor's body.

For more information, see the National Marrow Donor Program Web site. Or contact Greg Salter at (504) 957-9116 or Michaela Dawson at (612) 871-9417.

Nichole Ray, an American Indian Studies and political science major at UW-Eau Claire, is among those coordinating the bone marrow drive. You can reach her at (715) 834-0474 or raynv@uwec.edu.

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