Minority Health Day To Be Held At Mount Union College

May 26, 2010

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Mount Union College will host a Minority Health Day on April 3 in the West Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center, which will include a bone marrow drive organized by freshman Heather Stump.

Stump, an early childhood education major from Wadsworth, will host the drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide an opportunity for individuals to join the National Bone Marrow Registry. By joining the registry, a person is giving the National Marrow Donor Program the opportunity to look for a cancer patient that matches his or her marrow type.

'According to Science Daily, in the United States alone, 10 of 55,000 people waiting for bone marrow die daily,' said Stump. 'It is rare to find a match, but the process of actually donating marrow isn't difficult.'

Those visiting the booth the day of the event will be provided with necessary paperwork and given the opportunity to ask questions. A simple swipe of the mouth with a swab completes the joining of the National Bone Marrow Registry.

If a match is found, the donor will be asked to go to a designated hospital where more tests will be done and the donation may take place.

When a person joins the registry, he or she is listed in the registry until the age of 60, unless the donor requests to have his or her name removed.

In addition to the drive, the Minority Health Fair will include booths containing information on nutrition and wellness, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS and HIV, drug and alcohol awareness and mental health. These booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During this time, free HIV testing will be available.

'Although the drive is geared toward minority groups, everyone who wishes to join the registry or stop by for information or testing at one of the other various booths should join in the festivities,' said Stump.

Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, please contact Stump at stumphl@mountunion.edu.

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