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Release Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 4:12 PM
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Monica Y. Queen
Senior Communications and Marketing Specialist
Howard University, The Links, Incorporated to Sponsor Bone Marrow Drive

Washington (April 3, 2014) – Howard University and several of the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia chapters of The Links, Incorporated will host a free bone marrow drive on Thursday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Howard University Blackburn Center.

There are eight million people registered as potential bone marrow donors and just 600,000 — about seven percent — are African American. Thousands of African Americans are awaiting bone marrow donations while dealing with seriously declining health issues. This event will help raise awareness of the critical need for African Americans to join the national bone marrow registry. Further, the drive aims to target younger donors, between ages 18 and 44. The drive will include: bone marrow testing/cheek swabs, organ donor registration, sickle cell screenings, blood pressure screenings and blood donation.

Representatives from Be the Match, the Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program, Virginia Blood Services, Washington Regional Transplant Community and the Howard University Center for Sickle Cell Disease will be available to answer questions along with an actual bone marrow recipient.

WHO:          Howard University and The Links, Incorporated
WHAT:        Free Bone Marrow Drive
WHEN:       Thursday, April 10, 2014
TIME:         11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE:      Howard University - Blackburn Center 2397 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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