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Bone Marrow Registry Drive at Hope College on Thursday

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- A Bone Marrow Registry Drive takes place at Hope College this Thursday.  The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club is joining with the Pikaart family to host a “Be the Match” registry event.  The process is painless as it only takes a cheek swab to identify those that could be a match for someone with a blood cancer, sickle cell or other life-threatening disease.  Ben Pikaart, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 found a match in his own family, which only happens about 30 percent of the time.  The other 70 percent has to hope for a match in the bone marrow registry.  The Drive happens on Thursday from 3 until 6 P.M. in the atrium of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center on 12th Street near College Avenue.

Story by:  Diane E Coston