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Release: Nov. 1, 2002

Operation Marrow to hold donor registration drive Nov. 21 at Drake University

Drake University students in Operation Marrow will help save lives when they hold their first on-campus marrow donor registration drive during National Marrow Donor Awareness month from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Morehouse Residence. The public is invited to participate.

Operation Marrow seeks healthy, committed volunteers between ages 18 and 60 to register their marrow type with the National Marrow Donor Program. Once registered, a volunteer may be called upon to donate marrow or blood stem cells to a person needing a transplant to fight a life-threatening disease. Registration is easy, requiring completion of a simple application form and a blood sample.

For more information or to receive application forms, call the Iowa Marrow Donor Program toll free at (800) 944-8220 or locally at (319) 356-3337.

Drake University students created Operation Marrow after some members learned of the ongoing need to increase the national registry size. Their mission is to increase the size of the registry and generate education and awareness about the program, the donation process, and the need for diversity. The group will also raise funds to help offset the cost of tissue typing, which costs $65 per person.

For more information regarding Operation Marrow or the donor drive, please contact Chris Beyer, chairperson at (515) 271-3624 or by e-mail at, or Debra Hoyle, membership coordinator for the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, at the phone number listed above or by e-mail at

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