Bone marrow donor registration drive set at Walla Walla Community College


WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College will host a bone marrow donor registration drive March 14 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the main building.

“Each year 10,000 people in the U.S. are in need of a bone marrow transplant,” said nursing student Miranda Amwoka, who organized the effort.

“Seventy percent of those people are not a match with their immediate family and rely on finding a donor from the national registry list.

“If you or your loved one needed a transplant, wouldn’t you want people to register?”

People ages 18-65 in good health can qualify to donate bone marrow.

Registrants found to be a match for someone in need will be contacted for further testing to confirm compatibility and given a physical exam.

The closest facility that performs these procedures is in San Francisco, Amwoka said.

“Travel, lodging, food is all paid for, there is no expense to you,” she said.

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