Thursday, September 23, 2010

Marrow Drive Volunteers

Primary contact:  Lane Wilson

Tables and chairs:  Alex Zweig and Meryl Sundy

Flyers (also helping with tables and chairs):  Kendal Geno and Janelle Riley

Campus group contact:  John Cummins

Various:  Taylor Collier, Veronica Conaway, Shannon Hutson

Staff at drive:  lots of pre-med students

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Health Screening at the Harbor House

FMIG continued its commitment to service last week (9/15/10) at the Harbor House.  The Columbia, MO Harbor House is a Salvation Army-funded shelter that provides recovery & work programs, as well as emergency and transitional housing.  Every other month, Harbor House welcomes a service team from FMIG to provide blood sugar and blood pressure screenings to its residents.  On Wednesday, we had a great time, and saw about 30 residents and their children.

Special thanks to Kate Williams, Joedd Biggs, Kristina Anderson, and Suman Vaddi for their time.

Monday, September 6, 2010

FMIG Leadership 2010-2011

Chairs:  Trevin Mayabb, Linsey Monaghan, and Amanda Shipp

Secretary:  Marianne Lopez

Treasurer: Rebekah Nevel

Service Chair: Bridget Gruender

AAFP: Ashley Millham

M4 representatives:  Sarah Bradley, Emily Orscheln, Lincoln Sheets, Lane Wilson, Haley Wolf

M3 representatives:  Natalie Abert, Kristina Anderson, Blake Corcoran, Kristen Cozad, Rehab Mojid, Vanessa Welbern, Kate Williams

M2 representatives:  Taylor Collier, Kendal Geno, Janelle Riley

M1 representatives:  Veronica Conaway, John Cummins, Chase Ellingsworth, Shannon Hutson, Meryl Sundy, Kevin Walker, Alex Zweig

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bone Marrow Drive

The bone marrow drive has been officially scheduled for October 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the hospital lobby.  We will need at least 5 volunteers at the event at all times.  We also need help with set-up and clean-up.

About the Be The Match Registry (formerly National Marrow Donor Program Registry):
  • There are over 7 million people on the registry.
  • Minorities are underrepresented on the registry.  As much as 80% of African-Americans who need a bone marrow transplant never find a match.
  • When people on the registry are called and told they are a potential match for someone needing a bone marrow transplant, more than 50% back out and do not donate.

About joining:
  • A simple cheek swab is needed to join the registry - they will use the sample to determine your HLA type
  • Once you've joined the registry, you will be on it until your 61st birthday unless you remove yourself (which you can do at any time) or develop a medical condition making you ineligible for donation.
  • You can't join if you have blood diseases, cancers, autoimmune diseases, immune deficiencies, or back disease such as disk herniation (don't know why on that one).
  • You will get a donor card with an identification number.  You will be able to update your contact information online, which is important when you're on the registry!
If one is asked to donate:
  • There are two methods of donation, bone marrow aspiration (from iliac crest) or peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) filtration.
  • PBSC filtration is performed by first giving the donor a five day course of filgastrim, then filtering the stem cells out of the blood and returning the rest of the blood to the donor.
  • The method of donation is up to the physician performing the transplant, over 80% of the time PBSC is chosen.
  • Studies have not shown a clear benefit over one method or the other to either donor or recipient.
  • If you are a preliminary match for someone, you will be contacted and asked if you are still willing to go through the process.
What are the chances of being asked to donate?
  • It largely depends on your HLA type.  Most people are never asked to donate though.
For more information, go to