FSC Joins Effort to Delete Blood Cancer

Nov 15, 2013

by Cary McMullen | Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College is joining forces with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, to help the thousands of people who need bone marrow transplants each year. 

Representatives from Delete Blood Cancer will be on campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 to register as many people as possible as potential bone marrow donors. Members of the community are invited to join students, faculty, and staff in the effort to defeat blood cancer by expanding the number of potential donors. The drive will take place outside the bookstore on the ground floor of the cafeteria building. Street parking is available on Columbia Way, which runs one-way northbound from Lake Hollingsworth Drive, or Harvard Road, which runs one-way southbound from the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.

Tara Schuh, a Florida Southern alumna and U.S. communications director for Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, is coordinating the drive.

Registration is simple and painless. Potential donors must be 18 to 55 years of age, in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a maximum body mass index of 40, and be willing to donate to anyone in need. Participants fill out a form and have their mouths swabbed. The cells from the mouth tissue are tested for human leukocyte antigen characteristics, and the information is kept in the registry.

Blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the U.S; it kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease. Many patients with leukemia, multiple myeloma, and other forms of blood cancer can be saved with bone marrow transplants, but finding donors is difficult. Of the 10,000 people who will need a bone marrow transplant every year, only about 40 percent will find a match, and most patients rely on strangers to give them a second chance. Registering as a potential donor increases the odds that a desperately ill person can find a match.

For more information about Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, see the website www.deletebloodcancer.org. For more information about the registration drive at Florida Southern College, contact Director of Marketing and Communications Kate Farley at 680-4375.