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Date:2/4/2010

CUNY and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) kick off blood and bone marrow drive at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

New York, NY (Vocus) February 4, 2010 -- Yesterday, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) launched a city-wide blood and bone marrow drive in conjunction with New York Blood Center (NYBC) and The City University of New York (CUNY).

Nearly 110 blood donors and 50 bone marrow registrants, including BMCC students, staff and faculty, participated in the drive. Other CUNY campuses throughout the five boroughs will hold blood and bone marrow drives.

These blood and bone marrow drives aim to help save the lives of hundreds of patients, like Jennifer Jones Austin, who are in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant.

A Brooklyn-based mother, lawyer and family advocate, Jennifer has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She has become ‘the face’ of this special mission.

Members of the BMCC Community Register to ‘Be The Match’

At BMCC, technicians from the New York Blood Center drew blood from the arms of donors, while NYBC representatives from the “Be The Match” National Marrow Donor Program recruited people to take the first step in becoming a bone marrow donor.

Unfortunately, Jennifer Jones Austin does not have a matching donor in her family and is depending on the “Be The Match” Registry—the largest listing of volunteer marrow donors in the world—to find a match. Patients are more likely to find a match from donors who share the same race or ethnicity. Yet, out of the registry of millions, fewer than 1
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