Medical Laboratory Professionals Week begins April 22, bone marrow registry planned April 17

Laboratory Professionals Get Results“Laboratory Professionals Get Results” is the theme of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is celebrated from Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, this year.

The Medical Laboratory Sciences Club of Northern Illinois University is inviting the campus community to find out more about Laboratory Professionals through a “Be The Match” registration event.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, members of the university community are invited to the Capitol Room of Holmes Student Center to join the registry.

The MLS Club is teaming up with the Be The Match marrow registry to save lives. Become part of the global movement to cure blood cancers and other life-threatening diseases by joining the Be The Match marrow registry.

be-the-matchMore than 70 conditions can be cured with a marrow cell transplant but most patients do not have a match in their family. These patients have to find people to help them; their doctors search the Be The Match marrow registry to see if help is out there. Sometimes there isn’t anyone to help them.

People between the ages of 18 and 44 have the power to give these patients the best possible chance of survival.

The process of finding people who could possibly save lives begins by filling out the registration form and swabbing cheeks. These life-saving marrow cells are most often collected from the arm, in a procedure similar to donating plasma.

Who knew the path to becoming a hero was that simple?

For more information, contact MLS Club adviser Jeanne Isabel at jisabel@niu.edu.

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