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You could help create a cure for a child with a life-threatening blood cancer, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Your healthy bone marrow could be a possible “match” for a pediatric patient in need of a transplant to survive his or her disease.
The Division of Pediatric Oncology is sponsoring a bone marrow drive, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2-9 p.m., in the Schaeffer Auditorium, on the main level of the Bloomberg Children’s Center building. Oncology nurses will screen Johns Hopkins staff and visitors. Screening includes a swab of the inner cheek, to determine “type” and placement on a donor registry.
Because minorities are underrepresented in the national registries, minority children’s chances of having a matched donor are diminished. Johns Hopkins, thus, encourages those of an ethnic or racial minority to consider becoming donors.
For more information, contact Susan Crabbin, 410-955-7195.
Learn more about the donation process