STONY BROOK, NY, November 19, 2012 – More than 800 Stony Brook University students, faculty and other individuals participated in a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on November 14 to help those with leukemia or lymphoma who are in need a bone marrow transplant to beat their disease. The drive was organized by four Stony Brook University Students, who partnered with DKMS Americas, the world’s largest marrow donor center.
|Stony Brook University student Dani Klupenger was one many students swabbed at the drive.|
The successful drive had been organized by students Derek Cope, Maggie Knight, Samuel Rosner, and Peter Sheh. They developed a campus-wide effort for the drive that included numerous locations for individuals to join the registry – the Student Activities Center and Campus Recreation Center on the University’ main campus; and Stony Brook University Hospital, the Cancer Center, and Health Sciences tower on the Stony Brook Medicine campus.
|A total of 841 participants from the drive hope to match to a patient in need.|
Each day 7,500 people are searching for a match on the National Bone Marrow Registry. Six out of 10 patients in need of a bone marrow transplant never find a match. Conducting a bone marrow registry drive increases the pool of potential matches nationwide.
A simple “swab” on the inside of one’s cheek is the first step to becoming a match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. A total of 841 individuals – a majority of them Stony Brook University students – were swabbed during the drive.
|Wolfie gets thumbs up from student organizers for his swabbing efforts at the Bone Marrow Registry Drive. From left are Sam Rosner, Derek Cope, and Peter Sheh.|