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Release: June 3, 2002

Bone marrow donor drive to be held to support Jerry Kendall of Newton

United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 997 will hold a bone marrow donor registration drive to support Jerry Kendall of Newton from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. Informational sessions to learn more about the Iowa Marrow Donor Program and the national registry will be Friday, June 14 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The registration drive and the informational sessions will be at the UAW Local 997 office, located at 1813 1st St. North in Newton.

Kendall, 38, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in March 2002. In April, cancer specialists discussed Kendall's need for a marrow or blood stem cell transplant. A subsequent search of the National Marrow Donor Program's registry of more than 4.5 million people did not locate a possible donor for Kendall. Kendall said he hopes that the drive helps raise awareness about the ongoing need for people to join the registry so other people in need of bone marrow will be able to be matched with a donor.

The Iowa Marrow Donor Program seeks healthy, committed volunteers, ages 18 to 60 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.

For more information about the donor drive or to receive application forms, call Ted Johnson at (641) 792-5005 or the Iowa Marrow Donor Program toll free at (800) 944-8220 or locally at (319) 356-3337.

For more information regarding the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, please contact Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator of the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, by e-mail at Information about the program can be found online at

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