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Release: Aug. 14, 2002
Aug. 21 donor drive to honor New Hampton girl in search of bone marrow
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
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 email@example.com. Information
about the program can be found online at www.int-med.uiowa.edu/IMDP.
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