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UAPB hosts bone marrow drive Sept. 27
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UAPB hosts bone marrow drive Sept. 27

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Every day, thousands of patients with leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and other life-threatening diseases hope for a marrow donor who can make their transplant possible. Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their heritage. Yet out of the 9 million members on the Be The Match Registry® of potential marrow donors, only 650,000 are African American. Because Africans migrated all over the world, there is greater diversity within the African American population than other racial and ethnic groups. So African Americans can have a harder time finding a match than those of other heritages.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has joined with the National Marrow Donor Program to help change that trend. This partnership will be celebrated with a Be the Match kick-off assembly for the Thursday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building.

The event will feature Quinshuanita Thomas, a Pine Bluff resident diagnosed with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) and Tracy Shavers, Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient and Be the Match Ambassador.

For more information about the event, call (870) 575-7106.

 

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