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Many Gather To Donate Bone Marrow

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POSTED: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:42pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 11:11pm

EL PASO- Not only could you donate blood on Saturday afternoon, you could also get tested to see if your bone marrow is a match to help save a life.

Providence Memorial Hospital tested possible donors for people suffering from blood cancers all over the world.

The National Marrow Donor Program says that there are thousands of patients around the country who are fighting for their life, and hoping to find a match.

Lennart Marzinke wants to make a difference. He wants to save a life by donating bone marrow.

"I wasn't aware of the possibility of becoming a bone marrow donor, and it being so simple. I was made aware of it just by the fate of little Noel,” said Marzinke.

Seven-year-old noel is battling Acute Myeloid Leikemia.

Fighting for his life, friends and family want to find a bone marrow match not just for Noel, but anyone else who could benefit from a bone marrow transplant.

"This is a world-wide database that any patients who is searching for a donor can access the database. There is only one database,” said Amy Roseman of DKMAS Americas.

The chances of finding a match are less than 50 percent.

"Only four of 10 patients find the lifesaving match that they need. So, the more people who we have in the database, the more people we can save. There is a cheek swab and that's how we get their genetic, the information we need to do the genetic testing,” said Roseman.

Marzinke hopes more people are made aware that so many are depending on donors in order to survive.

"It gives you a good feeling and it's nothing. It doesn't harm you in anyway. It's not hard work. You just come here. The people are friendly. They will provide you with all of the information you need. I would recommend it to anybody,” said Marzinke.

To find out how you can be a donor, log onto www.getswabbed.com

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