“Get Swabbed!” at Communication Arts & Sciences Bone Marrow Drive

Mar 22, 2013

“Get Swabbed” – It’s that simple to participate in the Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS) Bone Marrow Registry Drive next week. The event will take place on Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in CAS Room 191.

The process of getting on the Bone Marrow Registry is simple and takes about 15 minutes. Participants fill out a brief form with information and then the inside of their cheeks are swabbed with cotton swabs. Those participating are not committed to donating marrow, simply entering the registry. Bone marrow or stem cells can assist in treating those with lymphoma and other diseases.

Why Get Swabbed?

This is the sixth year of the CAS Bone Marrow Registry Drive. The event is sponsored by CAS’ Health and Risk Communication Center. Kami Silk, associate dean for graduate studies for the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, is the drive organizer. “People should do this because it saves lives,” she says.

Drive assistant Samantha Nazione points out that the drive is important because “It provides awareness for a good cause and enables students to make an impact on their community, potentially a very large impact.”

If a student is a match and is called to donate, the marrow donation process is much like donating blood due to advancements in technology

Michigan Blood is a sponsor of the marrow donation program.

How to Get There

The Communication Arts & Sciences Building is located at the corner of Wilson and Red Cedar Roads on the MSU campus. A parking ramp with metered parking is accessible from Red Cedar Road. Room 191 is located in the south lobby of the building at the parking ramp entrance.