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BU Students Look to Save Lives with Bone Marrow Testing

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Students gathered across the Binghamton University campus reaching out to others to help find bone marrow donors on Wednesday.

Fellow students, faculty and staff were encouraged to take a moment and have their mouths swabbed to test for a potential bone marrow match, and be placed on a future registry.

The three day "Mega Bone Marrow Drive" was organized by the students of Chabad at Binghamton, AEPI, SAE and TEP fraternities.  Multiple testing locations could be found throughout the campus' many dining halls.

According to drive volunteers, they were able to swab nearly 1,000 people on Wednesday alone.

"One person has the power to save another person's life," said Jordan Scheier, drive volunteer.

The National Cancer Society estimates 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. And the estimated percentage of finding a matching bone marrow donor is 66%. This testing is necessary for the discovery of possible bone marrow transplant matches and the fight against cancer.

Anyone interested in testing for bone marrow compatibility can visit GiftofLife.org.