LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has made efforts to increase the bone marrow registry among minority groups, starting with a bone marrow registry event.
On Thursday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the foundation will be holding a blood drive and bone marrow registry event. The event will be held at One Breakthrough Way, near Twain Avenue and Hualapai Way.
Many cancer patients require a bone marrow transplant in order to survive, and often the bone marrow registry is the only place to find a match. There are currently 10 kids at the Cure 4 the Kids Foundation who are waiting for a bone marrow match.
Those interested in participating in the blood drive can make an appointment on the Vitalant website using the code: L1Q84.
People who wish to join the bone marrow registry donors should be:
- Between 18 and 40 years old
- A U.S. resident
- Meet the general health guidelines.
Because minority groups have not participated in joining the bone marrow registry, finding a match can be harder. According to Cure 4 The Kids, the likelihood of finding a bone marrow match in the registry range vastly based on ethnicity:
- African American – 29%
- Asian or Pacific Islander – 41%
- Latino – 48%
- Native American – 60%
- Caucasian – 79%