Blood drive, marrow registry set
An American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Julia Malsin and a National Bone Marrow Registry in honor of Mia Stoutenborough will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church at 15 Route 37.
In 2009, at 15,
Mia was diagnosed
with severe aplastic anemia, the same rare type of bone marrow failure disease Julia battled.
Like Mia, many people do not have a close relative who is a match, so these drives are critical in finding donors for a Matched Unrelated Donor bone marrow transplant, if necessary.
To participate in the bone marrow registry, donors must be between 18 and 44 and will have a quick, noninvasive swab of their cheek cells taken.
To give blood, donors must be at least 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds.