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Bone marrow drive aims to benefit local boy - 3/13/2009

Harrison Medical Center will host a bone marrow drive on behalf of a local child. Zyreal Oliver-Chandler—a six-year-old African-American boy from Seabeck—is battling sickle cell disease and needs a bone marrow transplant.

  • Friday, March 20
  • 11 am to 1 pm and 1:45 to 5 pm
  • Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton Auditorium
  • Free to non-Caucasian ethnicities; $25 for Caucasians (Tax-deductible donations are welcome to pay for another’s fee.)

At the drive, community members will have an opportunity to help and become part of the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. To become donor, a simple cheek skin-cell sample is taken and tissue typed. To join the registry, donors need only to:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 60.
  • Be willing to donate to any patient in need.
  • Meet the health guidelines.

Learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor by contacting the Puget Sound Blood Center at 360-337-1985 or www.psbc.org. Or, visit the National Marrow Donor Program at www.marrow.org.