Iowa City Police Officer Organizes Donor Drive

By Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9

An Iowa City police officer hopes he can get hundreds of police officers, firefighters and citizens to join the bone marrow registry at a drive tomorrow.

Officer Mike Smithey said he decided to organize the bone marrow registration drive after learning that a friend’s baby needed a transplant. That child, Cooper, got his transplant in February. Smithey said he wants to see more success stories like Cooper’s.

“All it takes is a cheek swab to get on the registry,” said Smithey. “It’s that easy to potentially save a life.”

The drive from 4-8 at the Iowa Public Library. Donors need to be between the ages of 18 to 44. Others can donate money to help costs associated with lab work. Donors are not charged.

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