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Dozens Show Up for Iowa Bone Marrow Drive
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Some 70 people show up for an eastern Iowa bone marrow drive inspired by a leukemia patient in nearby Biggsville, Ill.
The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that the more than five dozen people turned out Friday at Mercy Plaza in West Burlington to join Be The Match, the world's largest bone marrow registry.
The registry matches unrelated donors to help save the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening diseases. The 25-year-old organization says a patient's likelihood of finding a donor match through Be The Match ranges from 66 percent to 93 percent, depending on race and ethnicity.
Friday's drive was inspired by Chad Gall, of Biggsville, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Gall's brother stepped forward to become his donor.