Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

Oakland University (OU) to host Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) will be hosting its 6th Annual Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on October 2 and October 4 at the Kresge Library, and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on October 3 at the OU Recreation Center.

6th Annual Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

6th Annual Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

“Organ and bone marrow registration is especially important to promote on college campuses as the organ and bone marrow donor registries seek a diverse set of individuals,” said Stephanie Swanberg, MSI, an assistant professor and medical librarian in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

“Research has shown that bone marrow matches are more likely between individuals of the same ethnicity and heritage,” she added. “Age is an important factor as well.”

OUWB has hosted the annual organ donor drive since 2012 as part of Michigan Libraries for Life, a statewide initiative to increase organ donation awareness in collegiate special and public libraries throughout the state.

“In the last five years, our drive has registered 207 new organ donors, 132 new bone marrow donors, and spoken with over 1,400 people,” Swanberg said. “It is incredible when you think of the potential impact of these numbers – just with the newly registered organ donors, our drive could potentially save over 1,600 lives.”

The donor registration drive will support Gift of Life Michigan and Be The Match, and is made possible by the joint efforts of the OUWB Student National Medical Association, the OU Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, OU Cancer Awareness Society, OUWB Diversity & Inclusion, OUWB Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, and the OUWB Medical Library.

“The more individuals we can add to these two registries, the more lives we can potentially save,” Swanberg said.

The bone marrow registry sign-up requires sample cells via a cheek swab. The sample is used to compare, and ideally match up, specific protein markers with patients who need a bone marrow transplant.

“Each person can donate up to eight organs, in addition to a number of tissues, after they pass and there are thousands of people across the country waiting for a bone marrow match to potentially cure leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, and other diseases,” Swanberg said.

For more information about the donor registries, visit or

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