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BCU health fair urges public to sign up as bone marrow donors

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Volunteer collecting cells to register people for the national bone marrow registry. Volunteer collecting cells to register people for the national bone marrow registry.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Briar Cliff University students weren't the only ones getting some healthy ideas Friday.

The college health fair expanded.  It's opened to the public.  More than 50 groups took part from local health care providers to law enforcement.

Organizers say it's an effort to spread awareness about healthy living, diseases even safety.  People took part in free screenings for things like skin cancer and oral cancer.

They also used the event to highlight the need for bone marrow donors.  Students took swabs from volunteers to sign them up for the national bone marrow registry.

They say saving a person with leukemia or lymphoma can all start with that cotton swab.  It's used to match donors for a bone marrow transplant.

"We've had a great turn out here at the fair, we had a gentleman sign up here already for the program, so if we can capture, even two or three that's two or three we didn't have before," Shannon Persaud, BCU nursing student said.

There's a need for people ages 18 to 44 to register.  To sign-up or find more information, click bethematch.org.

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