375th MEDICAL GROUP CLINICAL LABORATORY PARTNERED WITH THE C.W. BILL YOUNG (DoD) MARROW DONOR CENTER        On February 22...
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375th medical group clinical laboratory partnered with the c w bill young (do d) marrow donor center

  1. 1. 375th MEDICAL GROUP CLINICAL LABORATORY PARTNERED WITH THE C.W. BILL YOUNG (DoD) MARROW DONOR CENTER On February 22, 2011 the Scott Clinical Laboratory became a walk-in site for all active duty military, eligiblefamily members, DoD civil service employees, reservists and National Guard to enroll into the National Marrow DonorRegistry. Each year there are 30,000 people diagnosed with leukemia or other fatal blood diseases. Some aresuccessfully treated with conventional therapy, and others become candidates for a marrow transplant. Marrow typesare hereditary, and the best chance for a patient’s successful treatment is a related (relative) marrow donor.Unfortunately 70% of those 30,000 cannot find a matching donor and must find an unrelated donor through the nationalregistry. The challenge is to increase awareness of this life-saving program and ultimately increase the national registry’sdonors. Increasing the number of donors reduces the time required to match a donor with a recipient. Our mission inthe clinical laboratory is to recruit and enroll DoD donors into the national registry and provide outstanding service topotential and actual donors. In addition the donor program will promote equal and prompt access to DoD patients whoare searching for an unrelated donor. Why Have a Military Marrow Donor Program? Most DoD personnel meet the donor program’s age & healthrequirements and also add ethnic & racial diversity to the program. The advantages are the ability to quickly locatemilitary personnel (potential donors) through military locators using a secure DoD system. Over 500 DoD memberssearch for an unrelated donor each year. The program also provides contingency support to casualties of marrow toxicagents. Who is eligible? All personnel between the ages of 18-60 and in good health are eligible to register. A quick oralswab sample and a consent form, and presto, you are part of the exclusive life-saving National Marrow Registry! If interested, please contact Ms. Sturgis @ 256-7474 or stop by the Clinic Laboratory, Building 1530 from 0830-1530, no appointment is necessary.Ms Tyres R. Sturgis, Civ, USAFTechnical Supervisor, Client Services/Phlebotomy/Shipping310 W. Losey Street, Bldg 1530Scott AFB, IL 62225-5252Commercial Phone: 618-256-7474Email: tyres.sturgis@scott.af.mil

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