Bone Marrow Drive This Weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/09

Bone Marrow Drive This Weekend

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lina Ramos Boisse lost her battle to leukemia because they could never find a match for a bone marrow transplant. Before she died, she asked her family and friends to put together a drive in Lubbock to get more people on the bone marrow registry so that others could be saved.

Lina's oncologist, Everardo Cobos, says joining the bone marrow registry is as simple as saying 'ahh'. "A swab is taken from the saliva, inside the mouth, and from there, we're able to identify your tissue type, your bone marrow tissue type, and that is registered in a computer and it stays in the computer indefinitely. Most people that register, 90% of them, are never called," said Dr. Cobos, Director of the Southwest Cancer Research and Treatment Center.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60 and would like to join the National Bone Marrow Registry, there is a bone marrow drive on May 16th and 17th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on North Avenue Q.

For more information, call 1-800-MARROW-2 or click here.

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