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The push for bone marrow donors in Siouxland

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Many people with life threatening diseases depend on bone marrow transplants for a cure.

Wednesday, the Morningside Nurses Association hosted a marrow donor registry drive to raise awareness about the need of donors.

Donors are needed in order to increase the likelihood that patients will find a match.

Those at Morningside have an extra incentive for doing a drive like this.

"We've had a student here that has had leukemia and I have also had a close friend that was diagnosed. So, we kinda did this so we could get started and it made us aware that this age group, this college group, is really in demand," said Carol Garvey, Director of Student Health Services.

The right donor match can provide hope for thousands of patients nationwide who are waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

A lot of people have preconceptions about the donation, but do it anyway.

"I have heard that it is very painful but I think that being able to save someone's life it would be worth it," said Jordan Heim, Morningside Student.

Those who joined the Iowa Marrow Donor Program today are also a part of the Match Registry which is one of the largest potential marrow donors list.

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