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Jul 20, 2014 10:31 PM

Dozens Join Blood Marrow Registrty

CORPUS CHRISTI - Dozens came out Sunday to help save a life.

Folks signed up to be a blood marrow donors at First United Methodist Church. Blood marrow transplants are only known cure for many types of blood cancer.

To get on the registry is quick and pain-free, it only takes a swab from the inside of your check to get your DNA.

Melissa Elizondo with Be the Match says they need an expansive registry to hopefully find matches. "So when you do not have a match within your own family, you have to come out to a registry to try to find a total stranger. Ususally your best bet is to find someone who matches your same gene typing. That is usually going to be in your own ethnicity. So it's really important we get a lot of people on the registry and make that registry very diverse."

One of the First United Methodist Church's members, Rebecca Durham, has a form of blood cancer and is in need of a transplant. She hopes she can help save someone else's life, even if she doesn't find her match after this event. "So that all the other thousands of people just like me that are looking for a transplant those people may have a chance at a life."

If you'd like to join the blood marrow registry, visit bethematch.org.

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