Cross Country Campaign Seeks Bone Marrow Donors

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 EFFINGHAM – Sharing America's Marrow (SAM), a grassroots campaign movement to register 50,000 donors in 2015, is coming to Kluthe Center in Effingham on Monday, June 29.

The campaign is managed by sisters Sam and Alex Kimura and their friend Taylor Shorten in collaboration with Delete Blood Cancer. They aim to raise awareness for the need for bone marrow and register as many people as they can to help those fighting blood cancer and other disease. Sam Kimura suffers from a rare bone marrow failure disease and hopes this campaign will help her and many others find the correct bone marrow donor.

This is a yearlong 50 state campaign, and they will be making a stop in Effingham on June 29.

Those interested in donating should register by coming to the Kluthe Center located at 1204 Network Center Boulevard in Effingham between 11 AM and 2 PM. Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55, in good health and willing to donate.

Sign-up involves filling out a consent form and swabbing inside the mouth. This donation process is similar to donating platelets or plasma.

More information about the SAM campaign with Delete Blood Cancer and registering can be found by visiting Donors can also register online.
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