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Organizers hope marrow donation drive helps save lives

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Some Quincy University students took some time to potentially help save a life someday.

A marrow donation drive was held at the university's north campus Tuesday in conjunction with Be the Match Foundation.

Students signed up by filling out information and getting their cheeks swabbed to check their genetic make-ups.

Organizers say having a vast registry could help save the lives of patients with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma.

"There are about 10.5 million on the registry at this time, but there is always a need for more because it's a little more complex than just finding a match for a blood donation, "organizer Amy Brousseau of Be The Match said. "We are trying to find someone who is similar in genetics."

If you would like to join the registry, you can log onto www.BeTheMatchFoundation.org and request an at-home swab kit.





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