A two-day drive to raise awareness about bone marrow donations -- and line up potential donors -- is now in the books.
Be The Match has been at Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College the past two days, offering people the chance to find out if they could indeed donate their marrow and possibly save lives in the process. Local organizer CJ Russell was on Tuesday's KVOE Morning Show to talk more about the process.
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Russell's niece, Reese Naylor, needed a bone marrow transplant to combat myelodysplasia, a form of cancer where the marrow doesn't make enough cells and some cells that are made aren't normal. Naylor has since recovered and is home. The drive honored Naylor and Alex Muckenthaler, two students who have both received marrow transplants recently.
Russell says applications cost $100 to process, so donations were accepted. Two local businesses, Olpe Chicken House and Orange Leaf, are donating a portion of their proceeds to the effort Tuesday.