02/11/2014 -- CCAC seeking to increase bone marrow donors with February registration drive

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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PITTSBURGH—In an effort to address the critical need for bone marrow donors, the Community College of Allegheny County is partnering with Pittsburgh area chapters of historically Black Greek letter organizations and the National Marrow Donor Program’s “Be the Match” initiative to identify potential bone marrow donors in the region. Beginning Thursday, February 13 and running through the month, CCAC will co-host screening sessions at several of its campuses.

While donors of all ethnicities and ages are needed, there is an urgent need for African American donors and college students to step forward and register. According to Clyde Pickett, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion, CCAC’s bone marrow drive has special meaning for the CCAC community given the recent passing of CCAC Board Member Rex L. Crawley, PhD, who died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “African Americans face a particularly challenging time finding a donor match,” he says. “Of the 10 million people on the national registry, only seven percent are of African American or Black heritage. Because patients are most likely to find a match with those who match their racial heritage, it is vital that we increase the donor registry in these populations.”

Coordinated through the college’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion in collaboration with the CCAC Honors program, CCAC will host drives at the following locations:

CCAC Allegheny Campus
Foerster Student Service Center
808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Thursday, February 13
1:00–4:00 PM

CCAC South Campus
1750 Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122
Wednesday, February 19
12:00–3:00 PM

CCAC North Campus
8701 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Thursday, February 20
12:00–3:00 PM

CCAC Boyce Campus
5th Floor T (South Entrance)
595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA 15146
Friday, February 21
9:00 AM–12:00 PM

The screening and registration process takes approximately 15 minutes. For more information, contact the CCAC Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion at 412.237.4430 or log onto bethematch.org.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers noncredit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.

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