Students’ Bone Marrow Drive Results in Life-Saving Matches

By Katy Ward
April 17, 2014
Students’ Bone Marrow Drive Results in Life-Saving Matches

Last semester, the Principles of Health Promotion class in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, completed a service learning project hosting a bone marrow drive on campus through the Delete Bone Cancer Organization. Out of the 250 donor registrations the drive generated, four were matches for waiting recipients.

Students who participated in the drive commented on why they helped and what they learned from the experience.

“I participated because I wanted to help make a difference in people's lives!” said Alex Black, junior Kinesiology major.

“I took part in this event because the thought of making someone else’s life and well-being makes me very happy. It's like doing a good deed and being able to say I helped save a life today,” explained Cara Jo Wesemann, senior Kinesiology major with a concentration in Health and Fitness Studies.

“I learned a lot more about blood cancer. I didn’t know much about it before I participated in the drive,” commented Black.

“I learned that there is a one-in-a-million chance you could be picked, but if I were picked I would definitely want to meet that person and stay in contact with them,” said Wesemann.

“We hope through our efforts those four lives will be saved!” said Dr. Kim Kato, department chair, Health and Exercise Science.