Matching Marrow

Mar 28, 2013

Melody Eckstein (left) is currently undergoing a bone marrow transplant at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
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A diagnosis of leukemia or lymphoma often means  several rounds of chemotherapy.  Sometimes, a bone marrow transplant is the best option for a cure. The bone marrow donation process has evolved and is less frightening and invasive than it once was. Bone marrow registry events were held in several locations throughout Iowa this month. IPR's Pat Blank has the story of two Iowa women whose lives have been changed because a stranger decided to add their name to the list.  For more information about bone marrow donation check out the Be The Match website.

Kits like these are used at bone marrow registry events. They include simple cotton swabs used to match donors with those who need a transplant.