Student Nurse's Bone Marrow Drive

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gina Behr 262-909-8872 (Mobile) Herzing University Nursing Student, President of the Student Nurse Association
Julie Contreras 847-626-4128 (Bone Marrow Rep)

Nursing Students Community Outreach Project

Kenosha—Herzing University Nursing Students are hosting a Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive as a Community Project. Nurses are called to meet the needs of society as the American Nurses Association definition of nursing states:

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Herzing University will host a public drive that will encourage participants to sign up for the Be the Match Registry. All the potential donors that are placed onto the registry could be the best hope for survival for many blood cancer patients.

You have to be between the ages of 18 – 44 in order to join the Be the Match Registry and willing to donate to any patient in need. You must meet health guidelines and agree to keep your contact information current.

Once a person is registered, they have the opportunity to save a life until the age of 61. Healthy young adults are especially needed for the registry; doctors request younger donors 90% of the time. Patients are more likely to be a match of someone of their own ethnic heritage, meaning often times a person’s unique ancestry may make them the only person who can save another’s life.

There are two ways to donate marrow, either from a peripheral blood stem cell (PBCS) donation or a marrow donation. The PBCS donation is a simple non-surgical, outpatient procedure that is similar to a blood donation. The harvesting of the marrow is a surgical procedure that is also an outpatient procedure.

Herzing’s Nursing Students are asking the entire community to come out and join the Be the Match Registry. They will have a team of volunteers working at the Kenosha Campus to make this community project successful. Herzing hopes that everyone agrees patients shouldn’t die for lack of a donor.
When: Wednesday May 14, 2014
Where: Herzing University, 4006 Washington Rd, Kenosha in the Student’s Lounge
Phone: 262-671-0675
Time: 9am – 8pm

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