More Than 500 Join Be The Match Registry in Honor of Derrick Nash
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:52PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Michigan Blood's Marrow Program would like to thank the community for supporting recent bone marrow registry drives for Derrick Nash, a Central Michigan University student athlete from Saginaw battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The response from Saginaw and CMU was overwhelming. More than 500 people joined the registry in honor of Derrick’s fight. We are encouraged that Derrick is preparing for a transplant designated for the end of February.

Michigan Blood is now asking the community to step forward in another way - by helping to diversify the blood supply in honor of Derrick. During cancer treatment, Derrick has received numerous lifesaving blood transfusions. For patients in need of regular blood transfusions, the best match may come from a donor of the same ethnic background. It is vital that the blood supply reflect the diversity of the community. For African-Americans in particular, less than two percent donate blood.

Michigan Blood is hosting the Do It For Derrick Diversity Blood Drive Saturday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the YMCA of Saginaw. Michigan Blood will donate $10 to the Derrick Nash Fund for every person who attempts to donate. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Individuals can schedule appointments by visiting www.miblood.org or calling 1-866-MIBLOOD.

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