Stark County community to swab their cheeks at DKMS Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Local pediatric nurse teams up with DKMS to host drive with hopes to save more lives

Wyoming resident Elizabeth Groter has partnered with DKMS, the nonprofit leading the fight against blood cancer, to host a bone marrow registration drive and help register potential lifesaving donors. The Stark County community will come together to swab their cheeks as part of the local drive. Groter, who is a graduate of Stark County High School, was inspired to host a drive with DKMS after experiencing first-hand how simple it is to be added to the DKMS bone marrow registry. As a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, she has met countless children battling leukemia and other blood cancers who are in need of bone marrow transplants, and wanted to make a difference by helping to grow the registry to find lifesaving matches for patients. Groter’s uncle is also a leukemia survivor and another source of her inspiration.

According to DKMS, 70% of people suffering from blood-related illnesses must rely on donors outside their families to save their life. Swabbing your cheek is all it takes to register as a potential donor.

Anyone who wishes to register as a potential donor but is unable to attend Friday’s drive can register online at www.dkms.org. 
Elizabeth Groter, pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Illinois is the DKMS representative. Anyone in good general health who is between the ages of 18-55 can register. The process involves filling out a simple form, understanding the donation methods and swabbing the inside of each cheek for 30 seconds. There is no charge to register; donations help DKMS cover the $65 registration processing fee but are NOT required.

The event will take place on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Stark County High School Cafeteria located at 418 South Franklin Street, Toulon, Illinois.

About DKMS

DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating blood cancers like Leukemia and other blood-related illnesses inspiring both men and women around the world to register as bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. DKMS is providing patients with a second chance at life, working closely with families from diagnosis to transplant and beyond. The donor journey begins with a swab of the cheek that takes less than 60 seconds and can be the action that leads to a lifesaving transplant. DKMS, originally founded in Germany in 1991 by Dr. Peter Harf, has organizations in Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The U.S. office was started in 2004 and has registered over 800,000 people. To join the fight against blood cancer or for more information, please go to dkms.org.

To register as a bone marrow donor, please visit dkms.org.

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