Student Nurses’ Association Hosts a Bone Marrow Registry Event

March 26, 2014

Events, News

The VCU Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) arranged a bone marrow registry event at the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center on Thursday, March 20. SNA partnered with VCU’s Be the Match on Campus chapter, a division of the National Marrow Donor Program, to match patients in need of a bone marrow transplant with donors. Faculty, staff and students between the ages of 18 and 44 and in relatively good health were asked to participate in a simple cheek swab to be potentially matched with local patients diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia and other blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia. SNA and Be the Match on Campus at VCU challenged the MCV Campus to sign up 500 people or more during the event.

To learn more about the national Be the Match program, click here.

Junior nursing student and service/philanthropy chair of SNA, Erica Neary, explains how to properly use a cheek swab to collect DNA for the bone marrow registry.

Junior nursing student and SNA service/philanthropy chair, Erica Neary, explains how to properly use a cheek swab to collect DNA for the bone marrow registry.

Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, is the faculty SNA sponsor.

Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, is the faculty SNA sponsor.

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