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Bone marrow drive Nov. 5 to aid Miami grad
A bone marrow drive will be held noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in 200 Alumni Hall.
The goal of the drive is to meet an urgent need for a marrow match by Stephen Spriggs ’97 and is organized by Spriggs’ sister, Miami senior Amanda Spriggs, and senior Marlo Dowell.
Stephen and Amanda represent the fifth generation in their family to attend Miami. In 2000 Stephen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and in 2002 underwent an unsuccessful autologous bone marrow transplant (where his own bone marrow was harvested, treated with chemotherapy and radiation and reintroduced).
In June of this year, he learned the disease has returned for a third time. Stephen’s only chance for a long-term recovery is an allogenic bone marrow transplant. Donors for the Miami drive will be included in the National Bone Marrow Registry. Stephen knows the chances of finding a match are slim, but encourages donors to step forward. “It would be nice if we found a match for me,” he said, “but there is no doubt in my mind that if I can get a substantial number of people to go onto the registry, that one of them will be chosen and essentially extend the life of another person who is in the same position in which I find myself.”
On Nov. 5 staff from the Community Blood Center (CBC) in Dayton will draw blood samples to be sent to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) for testing. Donors can be ages 18 to 60 and need to bring identification.
Grants to the CBC reduce the $65 testing fee to $25. Amanda and Marlo have received support from local businesses, campus organizations, Greek organizations and the NMDP to offset some of the costs of testing so some students may be able to register for free, but more financial support is needed.
To participate in the drive on Nov. 5 or make a donation, call Marlo Dowell at 664-4552 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Published: 10/30/2003