The Medical Center of Central Georgia and its community partners will hold a bone marrow registry drive on Friday, June 14th from 7-10 am and from 3-6 pm. Nancy White, the Director of Oncology, said there is a need for donors in the Central Georgia area.
"We have a lot of blood cancers in this area and it's very important that we again step up to the plate for our community and that our local citizenship registers so that we have an adequate bank of possibilities out there," said White.
The drive is to register people, and White says the process is simple. All you have to do is fill out a consent form and get a cheek swab for genetic matching.
"It's really simple because what you are doing actually is joining a registry. It's not like you are going to a blood drive and actually giving blood you are joining registry so you can see if you actually match someone that needs a bone marrow transplant," said White.
They are looking for adults between 18 and 44-years-old, who are in good health, and are willing to donate to someone who is a genetic match.
"It's important to get an ethnic and genetic match. We really need African-Americans to register, and again a lot of times the family members are the first ones to step up. But you might not have a family match," said White.
The drive will be held at the Ambulatory Surgery Center lobby at 1014 Forsyth Street in Macon. Parking is free for those who want to join the bone marrow registry.