AUGUSTA — Students from UMA’s Biology Prehealth Club will host a Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Richard Randall Student Center.

This is the second bone marrow drive event UMA has hosted as a collaborative effort with Be The Match, a National Marrow Donor Program.

Those willing to donate marrow can expect to provide a mouth swab and some medical information at the event. After the event, the information will be added to the Be The Match registry.

If a match can be made with someone in need of marrow, the organization will directly contact the individual. Matched donors are sent to Rhode Island where their blood is collected to harvest peripheral blood stem cells. New technology allows for a less painful, less extensive procedure compared to surgery.

The Biology Prehealth Club is comprised of 11 students who are enrolled in either the biology or nursing program at UMA. The club collaborates efforts to improve student health along with educating each other and offering support towards future careers in medicine.

Student President Heather Fellman and Vice President Tiffany Labbe lead the group along with faculty sponsor, Susan Baker, Associate Professor of Science.

For more information, email [email protected].

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