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CSI Strives to Save Lives with Upcoming Marrow Donor Registry Drive in Gurnee
Date:7/21/2014

Gurnee, IL (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

Computer Systems Institute (CSI) will hold a Marrow Donor Registry Drive at the CSI Gurnee campus from 11 am to noon on Thursday, July 24, to help find donors for people waiting for bone marrow transplants, including Nyiah, a seven-year old girl who suffers from sickle cell anemia and a rare condition called Moyamoya syndrome. Current CSI students, prospective students, and other Gurnee-area residents are encouraged to attend the event.

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 may qualify to donate bone marrow, and even if an individual is not a donor match for Nyiah, he or she may be able to save the life of another person who suffers from leukemia, sickle cell anemia, or other blood cancers and diseases that are best treated through bone marrow transplantation.

Joining the registry is an easy process requiring only that participants watch a presentation, provide information, and consent to a cheek swab. But individuals who join can make a life-changing difference for people like Nyiah, who suffered a stroke at age three and now requires monthly blood transfusions to avoid additional strokes.

Every year, close to 20,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with potentially fatal illnesses that are most effectively treated through bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplants. Sadly, as many as 7 out of 10 of these people do not have any blood relatives who are compatible donors, leaving them dependent on donations from others, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

CSI’s Marrow Donor Registry Drive may especially benefit children, who have a significantly shorter life expectancy if they are unable to receive a marrow donation, and people with diverse ancestry, who may have a difficult time finding donors. As an exam
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