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October 6, 2000

Ethnic Minority Participants
Sought for Bone Marrow Drive

A bone marrow registration drive targeting ethnic minority populations will be held at California Sate University, Sacramento from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the University Union Orchard Suite.

The drive will support the National Marrow Donor Program, a national database of "tissue-typed" volunteers willing to donate bone marrow if they are a match for a patient with cancer or leukemia who needs a transplant. Latinos and other ethnic minority groups are underrepresented in the registry.

The test is free for non-Caucasians. Potential donors submit a small blood sample. Caucasians who wish to sign up for the registry pay $90 for the testing or may be placed on a waiting list until grant funds become available.

The drive is sponsored by Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity, SMF Blood Centers and Student Activities.

More information is available at (916) 278-6595. Media information is available by calling (916) 278-6156.


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