Register as a Bone Marrow Donor for #GivingTuesday

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You can help save a life this Giving Tuesday by registering as a bone marrow donor.

WTAMU students and faculty members lined up today to register as bone marrow donors.

Meri Lyn Odell organized the event and tells us a college campus is a prime place to find a diverse group of potential donors. 

“The registry is lacking in minorities, bi-racial, several of those areas where the registry is very low in that number so we want to, being on a college campus, you have a lot of diversity as well as young people where the recipient has a greater opportunity of accepting the donation,” says Odell.

The cause is near and dear to Odell’s heart… She has a friend who is currently battling leukemia who is looking for a donor.

Her granddaughter also battled the disease.

“This is my granddaughter Nora Williams, she battled leukemia from the time when she was 6 weeks old, she passed away when she was 10 weeks old after taking chemo and through the side effects of the treatment, so our family decided we wanted to do something in her memory,” added Odell.

Odell says they have had more than 100 people register every year during their registration and seeing the line today means the world to her.

“It is very emotional to me to see that, I love our community and I love WT and I am so thrilled that they will help with such great causes,” says Odell.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, you are a prime candidate to become a bone marrow donor.

You can register to be a donor by clicking here.

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