Local pharmacy student Sara Massey, Neosho, will bring together pharmacy students from three local schools, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri and Missouri State University, to help register potentially lifesaving bone marrow donors with DKMS ((the national bone marrow registry), the nonprofit leading the fight against blood cancer.

Local pharmacy student Sara Massey, Neosho, will bring together pharmacy students from three local schools, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri and Missouri State University, to help register potentially lifesaving bone marrow donors with DKMS ((the national bone marrow registry), the nonprofit leading the fight against blood cancer.
Sara, who attends University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, is hosting a bone marrow registration drive in honor of her mother, Jane, Massey, Neosho,  who is a pharmacist and breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) in December 2016 and needs a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. Jane is fortunate that her siblings are a 100 percent match for a bone marrow donation, which she will receive in the coming months.
The bone marrow registration drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at First Baptist Church, 12325 Hwy. 86, Neosho.
The Daily News caught up with Sara Massey and asked her some questions about the upcoming registration drive.

NDN: What is the main purpose of the              registration drive?
Massey: The main purpose of this event is to increase awareness about MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) and other forms of blood cancers. My mom was recently diagnosed with MDS and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. We are hoping to spread awareness for these types of cancer and encourage people in our community to help others in need of a bone marrow transplant. We hope to increase the number of donors on the registry.

NDN: Who is invited?
Massey: Everyone in the community from ages 18-55. People do not need to bring anything to this event.

NDN: What is going to transpire that day?
Massey: Members of the community will be educated on the different types of bone marrow transplants. They will have to answer a questionnaire and fill out a registration form. Then they will have to get a cheek swab so they can be potentially matched to a person in need of a transplant. The registration process takes approximately 10 minutes.

NDN: How important is this event for the public?
Massey: This event is extremely important for the public to attend. Nearly 14,000 people do not find a donor each year. If we can increase the number of people on the bone marrow registry, we can help decrease the number of people who do not receive a donor. The public can help save the life of many people all across the world.

NDN: What are you hoping to say to those who will attend this event?
Massey: By registering to be a bone marrow donor you have the potential to save the lives of babies, children, adults, and elderly people in your community and around the world. A simple swab of the inside of your cheek could mean a new life for someone who is suffering.


Registration
Anyone who wishes to register as a potential donor but is unable to attend the local drive can register online at www.dkms.org.

About DKMS
According to DKMS, 70 percent of people suffering from blood-related illnesses must rely on donors outside their families to save their life. Swabbing your cheek is all it takes to register as a potential donor. DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating blood cancers like Leukemia and other blood-related illnesses inspiring both men and women around the world to register as bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. DKMS is providing patients with a second chance at life, working closely with families from diagnosis to transplant and beyond. The donor journey begins with a swab of the cheek that takes less than 60 seconds and can be the action that leads to a lifesaving transplant. DKMS, originally founded in Germany in 1991 by Dr. Peter Harf, has organizations in Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The U.S. office was started in 2004 and has registered over 800,000 people. To join the fight against blood cancer or for more information, please go to dkms.org.