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Students Sign up to Save Lives

FullSizeRenderThe Shippensburg Career and Community Engagement Center had more than sixty students sign up to become bone marrow donors this week. Students who signed up learned that the process was simple– they signed some paperwork and gave a quick DNA sample through a cheek swab. A previous donor, Nick Etheridge explained that the more donors signed up, the better because finding an very close DNA match does not happen often. In fact, most patients do not match family members. He also explained that most of the time, donating bone marrow is not an invasive surgery– it is similar to giving blood. Donors receive around three injections to stimulate stem cells prior to the donation. The donation takes place in the hospital where they place an IV in both arms and hook it up to a machine similar to a “double red” procedure. For more information on becoming a donor or the donor process, visit WWW.deletebloodcancer.org

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