The Rock River Valley Blood Center adopts new bone marrow registry guidelines.
Starting today, only people between the ages of 18-44 will be able to sign up for free. That used to go up until 61 years old. The Center says cells from younger donors replicate faster and give patients a better chance of a successful transplant. A matching marrow donor can help cure over 70 different diseases.
"70% of these people who have a disease for which there is treatment don't have a match in their family. So they have to look to a stranger to help them," says registry recruiter Margaret Shannon.
The RRVCB has about 15,000 people in the National Bone Marrow Registry right now. If you would like more information on how to join, head to http://www.rrvbc.org/.
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