Bone marrow registry drive set
MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette will host a bone marrow registry drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the North Entrance to the hospital.
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer in the U.S. For thousands of patients with leukemia or other blood diseases like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope.
Joining the bone marrow registry takes roughly 10 minutes of paperwork and a cheek swab. Only 1 in 430 registry members go on to donate.
Anyone who matches with a patient in need will receive a phone call asking to donate. Donation is always voluntary. Surgery is not always required for bone marrow donation; almost 80 percent of donors donate their blood stem cells in a non-surgical procedure that is very similar to donating plasma.
Please note that UP Health System-Marquette is not affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program or the Be The Match organization. Its presence here will be to help facilitate and educate those interested in joining the Be The Match registry.
Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program which manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world, working to save lives through transplant.
Headache/migraine program on tap
MARQUETTE — “The Doctor is in — Headaches and Migraines” will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room.
Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? This lunch time informational session is on why headaches occur and how to deal with them presented by U.P. Health System’s physician’s assistant Bonnie Kilpela. Part of the neurology department, PA Kilpela graduated from medical school at Western Michigan University and did her internship with Upper Peninsula Family Medicine.
The public is invited to listen to her talk, and to bring a sack lunch as well as questions for Kilpela.
This monthly lunch and learn session is part of a Meet the Physician series sponsored by the U.P. Health System of Marquette and the Peter White Public Library. There is no admission charge to attend the event. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.pwpl.info or call 906-226-4318.