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  • Fort Worth Students Join Bone Marrow Registry to Help Save Lives


    Contributed by Joy Cornwell, Campus Librarian

    The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) and the Be The Match® Foundation are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.

    On June 14, 2011, Representatives Roberta Johnson and Julie Smalley, from the Be The Match Foundation, came to speak to Remington College - Fort Worth Campus's Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) EKG students. Ms. Johnson said that her goal is "to help people of every racial and ethnic background live longer, healthier lives by getting more people informed about our program and hopefully to sign up."

    And sign up, we did.

    Our Fort Worth Campus had the highest response of every school in the Fort Worth area, with an impressive 124 students joining the Be The Match Registry, which is the first step to becoming a bone marrow donor.

    "I am so proud of our students and their ability to look beyond the moment and touch the lives of so many others," said Allied Health Department Chair Tonia Lawrence.

    In honor of our Fort Worth Campus's overwhelming show of support, the Be The Match Foundation presented Ms. Lawrence with their Volunteer Achievement award for demonstrating leadership skills and a true commitment to saving lives.

    Thousands of patients hope for a bone marrow donor who can make their life-saving transplant possible. If you would like more information on the National Marrow Donor Program or you'd like to join the Be The Match Registry, please visit http://www.marrow.org/index.html.