Texas A&M-Kingsville to pilot new online bone marrow registry

various locations around campus - 02/07/18 - 02/21/18

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

For the third year, Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be the site of the Be the Cure bone marrow/stem cell registry drive. However, this year will be a little bit different. The campus in Kingsville will be the largest site in the country to pilot the new online, all digital registry.

Student volunteers wearing bright green super hero capes will work booths at various locations Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 19-21. They will hand out information and assist prospective donors in getting started with the registry.

Once registered, the donors will be sent swab kits in the mail with all the items necessary to take cheek swabs and get them mailed back to GenCure, who is partnering with the university on the drive. Donors can then place the completed kit in any mailbox.

Booths will be set up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19-21 at the Jernigan Library, Javelina Dining Hall and Memorial Student Union Building. They will be at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy Feb. 19, and at the Javelina Engineering Complex Feb. 20-21.

Anyone from off campus wishing to be listed on the bone marrow/stem cell registry may visit one of the campus booths or do the entire process online by visiting GenCure.org/tamuk.

Donors must be between 18 and 44, meet certain health requirements, be willing and available to donate to any patient in need until age 61, and pledge to keep their contact information current.

Bone marrow and stem cell donations save thousands of lives each year as part of the treatment for blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Texas A&M-Kingsville students have been on both ends of the donation link as both donors and recipients.

The GenCure Marrow Donor Team works with students and student organizations on campus to help sign up potential donors. Volunteers can learn more and sign up for mandatory training at GenCure.org/tamuk. 

About GenCure

GenCure, a subsidiary of Texas nonprofit BioBridge Global, focuses on regenerative medicine and uses the power of human cells and tissues to inspire hope, enhance lives and enable clinical advancements. Using processed tissue and cell-based therapies, GenCure works to connect health care requirements with innovative solutions that best serve the needs of the global patient community.