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More than 800 Sign Up at Student-Run Bone Marrow Registry Drive

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More than 800 Sign Up at Student-Run Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Participants get “swabbed” to help save lives in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma

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Stony Brook University student Dani Klupenger was one many students swabbed at the drive.

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.

A total of 841 participants from the drive hope to match to a patient in need.

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.

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. 

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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.

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. 


© Stony Brook University 2012

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