Surg Tech students find the DKMS Match!

Dec 9, 2013

An update from the Surgical Technology program:

The Surgical Technology Class of 2013 decided to find a community project this year.  They heard of  a dad from Mass that had lost his son at the age of five and had made it his mission in life to register people for the bone marrow registry through the DKMS America Bone Marrow Registry.  We were put in touch with Anna  Hanchar who facilitated our event.

On April 9 and 10, 2013, the 10 students organized and manned the booths in Maine Hall and in Katahdin Hall  registering 239 potential donors!!  It was a rewarding experience to watch the Surg Tech Students take on this event and how they interacted with all the EMCC students and faculty that came out and got swabbed.  This morning, I was notified that a person that was swabbed within our drive was a match to someone waiting for a bone marrow transplant or blood components to help them combat cancer.  Because of confidentiality rules, the name of the person was not given to us.  I would like to take this time on behalf of the Surgical Technology Program to thank that person for stepping up and being swabbed that day.  We want to thank them for taking the time out of their lives to go and give their blood or bone marrow to save the life of someone, possibly a little child.

Out of the thousands of people that have joined the registry nationally every day, here in Bangor, Maine on the Campus Of EMCC one MATCH was found! Thank you to everyone that came out and supported this event.  You can be assured that in the Spring watch for flyers for another Bone Marrow Registry Signup to be held by the Surgical Technology Program.  Help us find another Match to save someone’s life.

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