NMU Tries to Fill Need for Bone Marrow

NMU students reach out to patients in need of bone marrow transplants.

The university held its annual bone barrow registration drive in the Learning Resources Center.

The process for someone to receive a bone marrow transplant for leukemia or other blood diseases can be time-consuming and difficult.

70% of people who need a transplant have to find a donor outside their family.

NMU students hope the drive alleviates some of the patients’ troubles.

The drive is open to anyone who wants to join the registry.

Something new this year — the process is needle-free.

The tests are now done with a cheek swab instead.

The student organizers say they were able to get 96 people to join the registry.

That’s a new record; the old one was 80 people last year.