FORT LEE, Va. -- A bone marrow drive is set for Feb. 23, 9 a.m. - noon, at the Lee Theater.
The drive, held in coordination with the Nu Omicron Lambda Fort Lee chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. and the C.W. Bill Young/Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, will start with a program featuring Mel D. Mann as the guest speaker.
Mann is a 24-year leukemia survivor and has aided in thousands of people joining the national bone marrow registry. When Mann was diagnosed in 1995, he was given three years to live.
Mann learned he was sick while on active duty in the Army. He will share his story with the Lee community.
How does the procedure work? Interested registrants will be given a buccal (cheek) swab packet and asked to fill out a donor information and health screen. This screen includes such information as full name, date of birth, social security number, e-mail address, personal contacts, health record and ethnicity. After completion of the screen, it will be reviewed by a donor drive POC for completeness, legibility, and health responses. Once the registrants screen is reviewed, they will be instructed through the process of buccal (cheek) swab collection. After the registrant provides their buccal swabs, they will be given a donor card. This card signifies that they have registered as a potential marrow donor. The card also provides the Donor Center contact information for reporting change-of-address or to obtain additional information in the future.
How long will it take? Approximately 10 minutes.
Visit https://www.salutetolife.org/ for more details about the process.