Oak Point to host Bone Marrow Registry as part of its Founder’s Day activities, 2/17

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For the College of Nursing’s 100th Anniversary, Founder’s Day activities include a Bone Marrow Registry for the Delete Blood Cancer (DKMS) organization on Monday, February 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Oak Point University, 1431 N. Claremont in Chicago. Oak Point nursing students will help the public complete a consent form and swab the inside of their cheeks for tissue typing to help find a potential match for patients in need. There is no fee to sign up, and almost anyone between the ages of 18 to 55 can participate. The process is painless and takes less than five minutes.

Blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the U.S. It kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease. However, many patients can be saved with bone marrow transplants. Every year, 10,000 people will need a bone marrow transplant, but only half will get one. Nearly 70 percent of patients must rely on a stranger to give them a second chance at life. Please join us. You may help potentially save someone’s life.

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