On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, JCHS collaborated with the Jefferson Center and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to host one of three "Marrow Match Drives" in Roanoke.
At the event, members of the JCHS community had the chance to have their cheeks swabbed by volunteers from the "Love, Hope, Strength" organization so they could be added to the International Bone Marrow Registry. The process began with a little paperwork.
Then, the participant swabbed their cheek with a cotton swab to gather a sample.
The swabs were then stored individually to protect the integrity of the sample and the person checked out.
Participants were given documentation of their submission and a card letting everyone know they are registered and willing to be a bone marrow donor. They even got a tasty sucker as a treat!
Our third floor lobby at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS campus filled up quickly as people stopped to participate as they headed out to lunch.
We even had some media folks on hand. Here, JCHS American Medical Student Association President Melanie Morris is interviewed for a story on the event.
Melanie was also a participant in the Marrow Match Drive!
It was a great opportunity for JCHS students to get involved in a worthy cause that will help our families, friends and neighbors maintain their health for years to come!
And they could proudly display their efforts by telling everyone afterward that they're "on the list."
Almost 100 members of the JCHS community took part in the event, adding their names to the Bone Marrow Registry. Just those few minutes of their time could end up saving lives down the road.
A steady stream of students, faculty and staff continued to roll through the lobby and check out the event throughout the morning and early afternoon.
WDBJ7's Joe Dashiell interviewing Jefferson Center Artistic Director Dylan Locke.
A JCHS student completes her paperwork before participating in the Marrow Match Drive.
JCHS Safety and Physical Plant Officer Susan Booth swabs the inside of her cheek to be registered as a possible bone marrow donor.
Dr. Wilton Kennedy, a faculty member in the Physician Assistant Program, fills out his donor paperwork. And then...
Wilton swabbed his cheek and submitted his sample. And then...
Wilton got interviewed by Beverly Amsler from WVTF Public Radio. That's Wilton—full service member of the JCHS community!
More JCHS students complete their paperwork before submitting samples.
We're proud that so many members of our student body, faculty and staff took the time to take part in this worthy event!
Thank you to all who participated in our 2013 Marrow Match Drive. If you didn't get to join us for this drive, watch for future events where you can be registered for marrow donation and other types of health-related donations. Just a few minutes of your time could save countless lives!