In a continuing show of support for the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry and the urgent call for bone marrow donors, Remington College – Honolulu Campus held a Campus-wide donor drive from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 25, 2010.
To raise awareness of the particular need for minority and mixed-ethnicity donors, flyers were posted featuring an eight-year-old local boy named Mitchell Ganeku, who is of Okinawan/Filipino descent. Mitchell has aplastic anemia and is in urgent need of a donor match for a life-saving bone marrow/stem cell transplant. There are no matching donors in his family.
This life-saving cause once again stirred the “Ohana” spirit and moved the entire Campus to participate. Registration took about 10 minutes for each person and involved giving a small mouth-cheek swab sample. The drive resulted in a total of 59 donors confirmed as eligible to donate. The donors are now part of the Be The Match Registry® (formerly known as the National Marrow Donor Program Registry).
The Campus has been an active participant in these donor efforts since its launch of the Marrow Donor Registry Drive on March 5, 2009. For more information on how you can register to “be a match,” visit www.BeTheMatch.org.