In connection with Medical Assisting Week, Northwestern College will be hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive at its Bridgeview Campus (7725 S. Harlem Avenue) on Tuesday, October 21 from 9:45am to 10:30am, and then again later that day from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Student Lounge. Students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the public are invited to participate in this community service event. Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 44.
As part of the donor drive, participants will complete bone marrow donor consent form providing pertinent information about themselves, and will then have a quick swab taken of the inside of their cheek. The time needed to do both of these tasks is a matter of minutes. The swabs will immediately be sent in for testing and possible matches with recipients in need of bone marrow transplants.