Students from UMA’s Biology Prehealth Club will be hosting a Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive on February 28th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Richard Randall Student Center.
This is the second Bone Marrow Drive event UMA has hosted as a collaborative effort with Be The Match, a National Marrow Donor Program. The 2015 event collected 57 new donors including 6 minorities. This was a success because there is a great need for young, healthy adults, especially minority groups, to become donors.
People who are willing to donate marrow can expect to provide a mouth swab and some medical information at the February 28th event. After the event, their name and information will be added to the Be The Match registry. If a match can be made with someone in need of marrow, Be The Match will contact the individual directly. Matched donors are sent to Rhode Island where their blood is collected to harvest peripheral blood stem cells. New technology allows for a less painful, less extensive procedure compared to surgery.
Biology Prehealth Club is comprised of 11 students who are enrolled in either the biology or nursing program at UMA. The club collaborates efforts to improve student health along with educating each other and offering support towards future careers in medicine. Student President Heather Fellman and Vice President Tiffany Labbe lead the group along with faculty sponsor, Susan Baker, Associate Professor of Science.
The club is recruiting volunteers to help organize this event, to register, collect mouth swabs and help people fill out their medical history. If you would like to volunteer contact Heather.Fellman@hotmail.com.