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Release: Aug. 14, 2002

Aug. 21 donor drive to honor New Hampton girl in search of bone marrow donor

Friends of Amelia Mack will hold a drive to register potential bone marrow donors in her honor from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton.

Mack, 15, of New Hampton, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in January 2002. The Mack family hopes that this drive will raise awareness about the ongoing need for people to join the registry in order to increase the number of donors who could help the loved ones of other families.

The Iowa Marrow Donor Program seeks healthy, committed volunteers, ages 18 to 59 and in general good health, to register their tissue type with the National Marrow Donor Program through the Iowa Marrow Donor Program. Once registered, a volunteer may be called upon to donate marrow or stem cells to a person needing a transplant to fight a life-threatening disease. Registration is easy, requiring completion of a simple consent form and a small blood sample.

Fundraising efforts are under way to help offset the cost of the tissue typing. While no one is obligated to pay for their own tissue typing, the lab charges the Iowa Marrow Donor Program $73 per person who joins the registry. Because there is no funding source for this expense, the Iowa Marrow Donor Program is always working to raise money to cover the costs of the typing. Contributions to the program are tax-deductible and 100 percent of contributions go to the cost of typing.

For more information regarding the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, the donor drive or questions regarding eligibility, please contact Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator for the Iowa Marrow Donor Program at (800) 944-8220 or by e-mail at Information about the program can be found online at

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