Community Service & Volunteerism

Published on February 2nd, 2015 | by TLV News


Today: Cross-Country Campaign to Register Bone Marrow Donors at Ole Miss Union

Two sisters on a 50-state quest to change the outcomes for those fighting blood cancer.

SharingAmericasMarrow_SAM(Louisville, KY)—On February 3rd* at the Ole Miss Student Union, students and community members will have the opportunity to join the bone marrow donor registry and potentially save the life of a patient fighting blood cancer. Sharing America’s Marrow, a grassroots movement to register 50,000 donors in 2015, is coming through Oxford as a part of their yearlong, 50 state quest around the country.

DeleteBloodCancer_SistersSharing America’s Marrow (SAM) is a nonprofit campaign started by sisters Alex and Sam Kimura and their friend Taylor Shorten. In collaboration with the donor center Delete Blood Cancer, SAM hopes to dispel myths about bone marrow donation, educate the public on the importance of registration, and sign up as many potential bone marrow donors as possible. Sam Kimura (22) is fighting a rare bone marrow failure disease, severe aplastic anemia, and has yet to find a donor for the transplant that she needs to be cured. SAM is traveling to all 50 states with the hopes of finding a donor for Sam and for the thousands of other patients fighting blood cancer and other diseases.

swabTo register, please come to the Ole Miss Student Union on February 2nd from 10 am – 2 pm. Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55, in general good health, and willing to donate to any patient in need. Signing up is easy and consists of completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of the mouth. Any registrant could be the cure for a patient needing a life saving bone marrow transplant.  To learn more about the SAM campaign and the registration and donation process, please visit

*original date scheduled was February 2nd, but rescheduled for February 3rd due to Monday’s water main break on campus.  The Local Voice Ligature



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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.

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