College-age bone marrow donors sought

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Jul 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A drive is under way to persuade college-age people to be bone marrow donors.

The shortage of marrow donors is so acute that last year only about half of the 12,000 blood cancer patients requesting a donor received one. One reason is doctors have found it hard to recruit younger people, whose cells are better able to fight cancer.

With that in mind, Minnesota Public Radio reports nearly two dozen college students from across the nation came to Minneapolis this week to learn new strategies to persuade people their age to become donors. The three-day "boot camp" was run by Be the Match, a Minneapolis nonprofit that keeps a national list of willing donors.

About 400 University of Minnesota students signed up during a drive in February.

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