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Shrout donates marrow to sick girl

I discovered this story on the SUNY Potsdam athletic page and thought it a heart warming story that I would like to highlight here.

SUNY Potsdam student Rosie Shrout, a senior psychology major and captain of the Bears' women's swimming and diving team, underwent a procedure to extract bone marrow Tuesday, July 22, to donate to an 11-year-old girl who has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Shrout discovered she would be a preferred donor after having her DNA collected at a Be the Match Registry drive held at SUNY Potsdam in October 2009. Sponsored by the Pre-Health Club on campus, the drive was to collect information for the National Marrow Donor Program.

After simply filling out paper work and a cheek swab, Shrout's information was sent to the registry. Then in March 2010, she was told she was a potential donor, and after further testing it was confirmed in June she was the donor of choice.

Bone marrow transplants are a life-saving treatment for people with leukemia, lymphoma and many other diseases. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to destroy their diseased marrow, patients receive a donor’s healthy blood-forming cells. In order for a patient’s immune system to accept the healthy cells, he or she must have a donor who is a close genetic match.

Marrow donation is a surgical outpatient procedure. Shrout’s procedure was performed at Strong Memorial Hospital in her home city of Rochester, N.Y. She received anesthesia before a doctor used a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of her pelvic bone.

According to the National Morrow Donor Program, most patients—about 70 percent—do not have a matching donor in their family. That’s why they turn to their registry, which includes more than 8 million potential donors in the U.S., and 5 million internationally.

After finding out that she was a match for someone in need, Shrout, a Presidential Scholar at Potsdam, wants to promote the Be The Match Registry to students throughout the State University of New York system, so that more matches can be made—and lives saved.

Since 1987, the National Marrow Donor Program has facilitated more than 40,000 marrow and cord blood transplants for patients who do not have matching donors in their families. To find out more, visit www.marrow.org.

To read the complete article, please visit http://www.potsdam.edu/athletics/teams/swimming/shroutmarrow0803.cfm .

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