For the thousands of people diagnosed yearly with life threatening blood cancers like leukemia a cure exists, but only if you register to become a bone marrow donor.
Students and volunteers at Fairmont State University made a push to save lives and become a match. For the thousands diagnosed with these complex forms of cancer bone marrow transplants may be their best, or only hope for a cure. after signing up.
Donors were provided with a packet containing Q-tips to swab the inside of their cheeks. The swabs will then be processed and matched with leukemia, and blood cancer patients in need of bone marrow donations.
A simple task that could save someone's life.
"It's usually a simple blood transfusion, which is kinda how I describe it, they take your blood and they give it back to you. The bone marrow of a healthy person will replenish itself in 4-6 weeks, you might have flu like symptoms for a couple of days, but it really is a small sacrifice to make to save a life." said April Pierson, volunteer with the Be the Match program.
If you would like more information on the "Be the Match" program, click here.