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Marrow drive in RH is Wednesday

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POSTED: June 25, 2012 10:56 a.m.

The family of Evan Nelms, the 5-year-old Richmond Hill resident battling acute myeloid leukemia, is encouring people to register as bone marrow donors this week.

"Every day, thousands of patients like Evan are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases like lukemia and lymphoma," said Evan's mother, Evette Cooper. "For some of these patients, their only hope is a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, 70 percent of patients do not have a compatible donor in the family and have to depend on caring individuals ..."

Those wishing to register must:
- Be between 18 and 60 years old.
- Be willing to donate to any patient in need.
- Meet certain health guidelines.
- Complete a consent form.
- Give a swab of cheek cells.

Cooper noted that 75 percent of all marrow donations is similar to donating blood and does not require surgery.

Bone marrow drives in the Savannah area are as follows:

Date: Tues. 6-26-12
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Trison Technology Services
118 Coleman Boulevard, Suite A
Savannah, GA

 Date: Wed. 6-27-12
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
The Children’s Village
The Crossroads Center
2641 Coastal Highway 17
Richmond Hill, GA

 Date: Wed. 6-27-12
Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Bible Baptist Church
4700 Skidaway Road
Savannah, GA

Date: Thurs. 6-28-12
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Garden City-City Hall
100 Central Avenue
Garden City, GA 

Date: Fri. 6-29-12
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Ameris Bank
145 Pooler Parkway
Pooler, GA

 

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