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Will you MARROW me? This was the question asked by Sigma Rho Alpha, the student organization of the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, on Monday, May 1st during their bone marrow screening drive held in Centennial Plaza on Louisiana Tech campus.

Sigma Rho partnered with DKMS, an international bone marrow registry, to be a part of a community-wide event to honor the Allumns family of Monroe, LA. The Allumns’ have two children suffering from a rare type of anemia, known as fanconi anemia. Due to the extent of their disease, both James Christopher Allumns (20) and Elizabeth Allumns (3) need a bone marrow transplant however they have been unable to find a donor match.

Sigma Rho invited students as well as members from the community to visit the Louisiana Tech campus on May 1st to see if they could find a match for the Allumns’ or anyone else seeking a bone marrow match and they had a wonderful success! Sigma Rho members as well as faculty and student volunteers were able to collect 245 potential donors to add to the DKMS database registry. In addition, the Louisiana Tech mascot, Champ made an appearance to support the cause and even swabbed a few cheeks himself. (See photos attached.) Numerous social media posts were made throughout the day to showcase students on the Tech campus supporting the mission of DKMS, to “delete blood cancer.”

Sigma Rho was honored to be a part of the event and spread awareness of how simple bone marrow donation screening can be…all it takes is a simple cheek swab and you have the potential to save someone’s life if you are a match. Several local churches and businesses from the Ruston community came out as well to support the Allumns’ family as well as the overall mission of DKMS.

Sigma Rho and the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management stated that they hope to hold another bone marrow screening drive next school year to continue the fight and support those in our local community, as well as the world, who may be seeking a bone marrow transplant.

If you are interested in helping, or if you would like to be screened as a potential bone marrow donor, we would encourage you to visit the DKMS website at dkms.org or contact the HIIM Department at Tech by calling 318-257-2854.



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