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Students Support Bone Marrow Drive

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From left: student-athletes Jasvir Rakkar, Tyler Johnson, Michael Barbot, Anthony Luciano, and Stephen Marino

Members of Stony Brook’s baseball team helped register other students for the Stony Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) bone marrow registry drive held in three campus locations on November 5, 7, and 10, with the hope that patients with leukemia or lymphoma in need of a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant will receive a match.

SBUMC is partnering with DKMS Americas, the world’s largest marrow donor center. According to the American Cancer Society and DKMS, blood cancer takes a life every ten minutes. The drive may help SBUMC patients Alex Mele, 16, from Coram, and Dustin Wunderlich, 25, from Nesconset, find the match they need.

According to Kathleen Noone, Nurse Manager of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at SBUMC, more than 500 people signed up to be potential donors on those three days.

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