September 17, 2008

Bone Marrow Drive at Rio Hondo College

WHITTIER - Rio Hondo College will hold a bone marrow donor drive from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Classroom A of the college's police academy, 3600 Workman Mill Road.

Officials are hoping to find a donor match for local resident Steve Measer, a leukemia patient at the City of Hope. Measer is in urgent need of a donor match.

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) sponsors bone marrow registration drives to make sure patients with leukemia or other life-threatening blood disorders are able to find compatible donors for a life-saving marrow or cord blood transplant.

Those interested in donating must be between 18 and 60 years old and in good health. Participants will be asked to complete a registration and consent form and do a cheek swab.

If you are a match to a patient in need, an NMDP representative will contact you later with further information.

Those unable to participate in Thursday's registration drive can ask for a free test kit online at Normally there is a fee for the test but the NASCAR Foundation is paying for them through Monday.

For information on Rio Hondo's bone marrow drive, call Barbara Keith at (562) 463-7737.

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