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RHS Key Club sponsors a bone marrow driveSubmitted: 06/06/2014

Shardaa Gray
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sgray@wjfw.com

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RHINELANDER - One Northwoods high school student hopes you'll help people who need a bone marrow transplant.

Rhinelander High School's Key Club is sponsoring a "Be the Match" bone marrow donor registry drive Saturday at the high school.

One student helped put this together because her father had cancer a couple of years ago. She thinks more people need to know about bone marrow drives.

"We do a lot of blood drives and community blood drives and I think those are a lot more common," says Bone Marrow Drive coordinator Molly Willging. "This is a different aspect that saves a lot of lives."

The bone marrow drive is a little bit different than a blood drive. Plus it doesn't take as long to get through the registry process.

"Since it's so advanced now, you fill out a bunch of paper work. Well it's not a lot, but you fill out a good amount of paper work," says Willging. " Then you just do like a cotton swab in the mouth because then they can test it for like genetics and DNA markers if you match anyone. Then they'll contact you and then you'll actually get the bone marrow drawn from the hip."

The coordinator hopes for a big turnout Saturday. It starts at 12 p.m. and ends 4 p.m. People can register at Rhinelander High School's cafeteria. The registry is free.




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