Bone marrow registration drive underway in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - The challenge has been issued and it's time to register to be a bone marrow donor.
Earlier this week, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, Be the Match and the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer joined forces to announce the start of the 90 day challenge to increase the bone marrow donor registry.
The registration drive will be held at locations throughout Baton Rouge from now until November 1st. More than 10,000 people need bone marrow transplants each year, but it is often difficult to find a match. For people like WWL TV anchor Sally Ann Roberts, the issue hits close to home. She was a perfect match for her sister, Good Morning America Robin Roberts, when she needed a transplant.
"It was a very easy process," Sally Ann explained. "People think oh my goodness it's going to be very painful, I'm going to have to go through surgery. In the vast majority of cases, if you can donate blood, you can do this."
Mayor Holden and Renea Duffin from OLOL joined us on 2une In this morning to tell you more about the challenge. Click on the video for more information.
For a list of locations for the bone marrow drive, call (225) 215-1234 or visit the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center website.