LACONIA -- Lakes Region Community College's (LRCC) Compassionate Advocates for Reform and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Society is sponsoring a "Be The Match," information session about donating bone marrow on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. in LRCC's Center for Arts and Technology Academic Commons.
"Be The Match" Registry members, Kathryn "Kat" Rapp and Jackie Mcloon will discuss their personal experiences with the bone marrow donor process.
"'Be The Match' facilitates thousands of bone marrow transplants annually," says Rapp. "The 'Be The Match' Registry is the world's largest and most diverse donor registry. They have 11 million potential marrow donors on the 'Be The Match' Registry and access to 22.5 million donors worldwide. It is a great organization of people who care deeply about one another."
The Information Session will precede the actual LRCC C.A.R.E. Marrow Donor Day to be held in LRCC's Turner Building Cafeteria on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
"At the October 21 Bone Marrow Drive, those interested in joining the Registry complete paperwork which includes contact information and a brief health history, and a cheek swab is done," says LRCC C.A.R.E. Advisor, Linda Ferruolo. "No blood is taken and there is no out-of-pocket cost for someone who wants to join the "Be The Match" Registry.
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