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Creighton SPAHP hosts Be The Match for bone-marrow donor registry

A bone-marrow donation screening at Creighton University is hoping to draw out more potential donors and raise awareness of cancer’s wider impact in the community and across racial and ethnic lines.

Be The Match is hosted by the Creighton School of Pharmacy and Health Professions’ chapter of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, in the Mutual of Omaha Lounge in the Hixson-Lied Science Building on Creighton’s campus. Be The Match is a nonprofit organization providing bone-marrow transplants from volunteer donors to patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia and other immune or metabolic disorders.

To date, the majority of bone-marrow donors have been Caucasian despite cancer’s nondiscriminatory diagnosis, affecting people of all races and ethnicities. Be The Match aims to inspire more potential donors among minority populations. But, as always, Be The Match is looking for any and all willing volunteers who would like to join the bone-marrow donor registry. The drive is open to the public.

The Creighton SPAHP Be The Match drive is being undertaken in honor of a young cancer survivor named Owen, who beat back leukemia with the help of a bone-marrow donor matched to him through Be The Match.

The process to register as a bone-marrow donor involves a simple mouth swab.

Times for the drive are as follows:

Aug. 29: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Aug. 30: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aug. 31: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sept. 1: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 2: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Hixson-Lied Science Building is on Burt Street, just east of the North Freeway overpass.

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