Bone marrow donor drive to be held at WFU April 15

Several Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem organizations along with the American Red Cross will sponsor a bone marrow donor drive at Wake Forest from 1- 6 p.m. April 15. The event will test donors’ tissue type and place them on a national registry to become a possible bone marrow donor. Potential donors can test their tissue type with a simple finger prick. The drive will take place in Benson University Center, Room 401.

The Wake Forest Running Club, the Wake Forest Golden Key Society, the university’s Peer Health Educators and the Wake Forest Black Student Alliance are sponsoring the event with the help of Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science whose mother-in-law has myeloid dysplasia. Miller hopes that expanding the marrow donor registry will help his mother-in-law and others who suffer from more than 60 diseases treated with marrow transplantation.

The sponsoring groups have organized a rummage sale and a silent auction to pay for the cost of testing at the donor drive. The rummage sale will be held from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 5 at 1802 Brantley Street in the Ardmore area of Winston-Salem. The silent auction will be from 6 – 8 p.m. April 8 at the Auction House Bar and Grill in downtown Winston-Salem. Some of the items to be auctioned include art by local artists, tickets to Wake Forest athletic events and a rock climbing excursion.

For more information on the donor drive or the fund-raising events, call 336-748-9277 or millerj@nullwssu.edu.

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