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University hosts bone marrow drive Oct. 29

Posted 10/26/15

Fitchburg State University will host a bone marrow drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the main lounge of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St.

The local drive is being organized in honor of 26-year-old Brendon Rearick, a North Middlesex Regional High School graduate who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease known as aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia causes the bone marrow to fail, producing insufficient white blood cells to fight infection, insufficient red blood cells to transfer oxygen and insufficient platelets that clot blood and prevent bruising. The only known cure for the disease is a bone marrow transplant, similar to treatments used to combat leukemia or lymphoma.

To sign up for the registry, potential donors need only fill out an application and have their cheeks swabbed. Information will then be collected for Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program that manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

The local drive is sponsored by Fitchburg State’s offices of Alumni & Development, Athletics, Health Services, Recreation Services, Upward Bound, along with the Biology & Chemistry Club, Business Society and the campus chapters of Alpha Sigma Tau, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sigma Tau Gamma.

For additional information, contact Jennifer St. Peter at bethematch@ribc.org or by phone at 401-714-6240. Visitors can also learn more about Brendon Rearick by visiting https://www.youcaring.com/brendon-rearick-385794.

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