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CAMP LESTER, Okinawa — An extra day has been scheduled for screening bone marrow donors on Okinawa military bases.

Anyone who wasn’t able to participate in last week’s drive can register as a potential bone marrow donor on Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at the 18th Medical Group on Kadena Air Base, said Amanda Woodhead, spokeswoman for the U.S. Naval Hospital on Camp Lester.

“Please stop by and add your name to the registry — it could save a life,” Woodhead said. During the four earlier registration dates more than 550 people added their names to the registry, she said.

“We’d like to double that,” Woodhead said. “So members of the Department of Defense marrow donor program decided to add one more date.”

The amount of blood taken from potential donors is about the amount taken for any routine blood test, Woodhead said. The entire registration process takes about 15 minutes. Blood samples are tested to determine the tissue type of the donor and the information is then added to the National Marrow Donor Registry.

All active-duty servicemembers and their families and civil service employees are eligible to register. All potential donors must be in good health and between the ages of 18 and 60.

For more information about Thursday’s drive, call Tech. Sgt. Ira Kest at DSN 634-5688.


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