Algonquin students host bone marrow registration drive today

The Algonquin Interact Club, which is affiliated with the Southborough and Northborough Rotary Clubs, is hosting a bone marrow donor registration drive today at Trinity Church in Northborough (map) from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

The drive is being run by the Caitlin Raymond International Registry (CRIR), part of UMass Memorial in Worcester. Founded in 1986, it’s the oldest coordinating center for bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and
placental cord unit search in the United States.

CRIR has to access nearly 6,400,000 donors and more than 200,000 cord blood units.  But for thousands of patients in need of a donor there is still no match  available.

Registering to become a donor involves answering some questions and having simple mouth swab. Healthy donors between the ages of 16 and 60 are invited to join.

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