IUP Fraternity Hosting Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Posted on 2/13/2014 3:04:02 PM

Members of an Indiana University of Pennsylvania fraternity will be hosting a bone marrow donor drive on February 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.

Members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity will host the drive, which is being co-sponsored by UPMC and Be The Match, operator of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. The goal of the drive is to increase the number of donors, particularly African Americans, on the national registry. Bone marrow donations are used to help persons with cancer and other blood diseases.

The drive is dedicated to the late Dr. Rex Crowley, a professor at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

To sign up for the national registry, a representative of the donor program will take a swab of the inside of the cheek of the person wishing to be listed on the national registry.

IUP 1989 graduate Howard Russell, of Pittsburgh, president of the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western Pennsylvania and member of the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, is spearheading the regional program.

For more information about the national registry, persons may visit BeTheMatch.org