Caduceus Club encourages students to register as bone marrow donors

Caduceus Club supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fight

Caduceus Club supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fight

Samantha Zoltanski

The Missouri Southern Caduceus Club is offering students the opportunity to save someone’s life with just the swab of a cheek.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Bone Marrow Registration will be hosted by the Caduceus Club on Tuesday April 1 and Thursday April 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lion’s Den.

“Finding a match for Leukemia and Lymphoma is extremely rare, and the more applicants we register, the more chances there will be for a life to be saved,” said Anh Nguyen, sophomore biology major and president of the Caduceus Club. “This is why the Caduceus Club is so happy to have built a strong relationship with the Leukemia and Lymphoma society to help fight cancer.”

To register, students will go through the donor process of reviewing requirements, filling out a form and proceeding to get the inside of their cheek swabbed.

The swabs will be sent to a lab where they will be processed and stored until a match is found. If a match is found, the student will be contacted and provided with transportation, housing, and meal accommodations to where the patient resides.

“No pocket expenses will come out of the donor,” said Nguyen. “The donor has the choice to reject the donation to the second before the needle is inserted to eject the bone marrow.”

Usually, there is a registration fee of $65, but the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is sponsoring the Caduceus Club to register the applicants.

The partnership with The Leukemia and Lymphoma society was started in the 2012-2013 academic year by senior biology major Lauren Bynum, founding president of the Caduceus Club.

In the past, there have been around 150 applicants each year, but the Caduceus Club has set the goal to beat Pitt State, who registered 229, and register more than them.

“I believe this event benefits those suffering from Leukemia and Lymphoma tremendously because these types of cancer are extremely rare and a lot harder to diagnose, let alone cure, than the other types of cancers,” said Nguyen.