SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - A bone marrow drive exceeds their original goal at Western Nebraska Community College.
Students, faculty and staff came out to ‘the pit commons’ to swab their mouth for bone marrow. Becky Goldrick a nursing student who’s helping out, mentioned 14,000 people a year are in need of bone marrow and only 7,000 receive it. Out of that 7,000 only 30% of the donors come from their family members.
At the event, individuals came up to the table and filled out a questionnaire on a device and if they met the requirements necessary to become a donor, they received three cotton swabs. The first would be for their right cheek and the second would be for the left cheek and then the third was additional one to get as much marrow as they could.
Those who participated swabbed their mouth for 60 seconds each and then carefully placed it into a envelope to be donated.
Goldrick says they went into today hoping they would get 20 donors and they received over 35 donors. They will hold another donor drive on Thursday from 8am – 4pm at the same location.