Save a child, register as a bone-marrow donor

A simple swab on the inside of your cheek this week could help you save a life in the future.

The National Marrow Donor Program, in conjunction with Methodist Healthcare and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, will be registering potential bone marrow donors in San Antonio.

bone marrowTesting for the registry, which involves a simple swab of cells inside the cheek, will be in the lobby of Metropolitan Methodist Hospital downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Tuesday. And on Friday, there will be another chance to register at Northeast Methodist Hospital, also from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Being in the national registry helps make a match for children and adults alike who need a bone marrow donor. For more information about the Tuesday and Friday testing call Jon Hudson and 731-5555, extension 1321, or Anna Arce at extension 1226.

Want to know more about bone marrow donation. Listen this Katie Couric interview with an expert on how easy it is and what a difference it makes.

— SA Health

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