Bone marrow drives being held throughout central Illinois

DECATUR - Central Illinois residents will have the chance to help blood cancer patients by participating in one of three bone marrow drives on May 2.

The drives are being hosted through a joint effort between community members and Delete Blood Cancer, an organization that strives to match bone marrow donor with blood cancer patients.  We have included a list of times and locations of the drives below:

- Central Christian Church, 650 West William Street, Decatur, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

- Mt. Zion High School, 305 South Henderson Street, Mt. Zion, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

- Edinburg Community Building, 107 West Masonic Street, Edinburg, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Officials say participants will undergo a simple cheek swab to see if they are a match for a blood cancer patient.  These drives are free and open to the public, however, those who wish to register must be between 18 and 55 years of age, and must be in good health.

For more information on Delete Blood Cancer, or to register as a bone marrow donor, visit

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