Students in the Physician Assistant Studies program recently conducted a bone marrow drive in conjunction with the annual fall blood drive.
The PA students worked with 55 donors from the Hofstra community, swabbing the inside of their cheeks for a sample of cells which will be sent to the “Be The Match” Registry, the largest bone marrow registry in the world. The cell sample will then be analyzed to see if it is a potential match for someone awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
“Donors may have the chance to save the life of a patient battling blood cancer such as leukemia or other marrow diseases,” said Karly Silverman’18, outreach chair for the campus Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. “Becoming a match is rare, but running a drive like this further increase the chances that you can help someone in need.”
About 70 PA students in the didactic (instructional) and research phase of their program participated in the drive, which has been held every year since 2010.
In addition, the Oct. 26 fall blood drive collected 282 pints of blood, which will be separated into components that will help 847 local recipients in need.