MSU to host marrow drive

Minot State University’s biology department will host a bone marrow drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 in the Beaver Dam of the MSU Student Center. The students are working with the organization Delete Blood Cancer.

People willing to join the national bone marrow registry will undergo a cheek swab to collect cells for tissue typing. They must be willing to donate stem cells if they are a genetic match to a person with blood cancer or other blood disorder.

There is currently a shortage of such donors.

“Most everybody knows somebody who has had cancer, or somebody who has a blood cancer or a blood disorder that would require bone marrow donation – for example, Conrad Davidson (College of Arts and Sciences dean) is one. Had he not been able to donate his own stem cells back to himself, a donor would have been sought through a registry such as this,” said Heidi Super, associate professor of biology, in a press release. “I would hope most people would want to save a life if given the option. This is a pretty painless way to save a life without giving your own.”