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Press Release – For Immediate Release
Grand Junction, CO – IntelliTec College’s Grand Junction campus recently hosted a two-day bone marrow drive in an attempt to find a donor match for the niece of one of their own graduates. The drive was held at the Grand Junction campus Tender Care Clinic. Swabers were on hand all day, for two days in a row, in order to allow as many potential donor samples as possible to come through.
About the Hopeful Donor Recipient
Kara Thomas is a 19 year old girl in dire need of a bone marrow transplant to treat her aggressive blood cancer. Her Aunt, Jessica Young, is a local IntelliTec College graduate.
When the College heard of her heartbreaking situation, they decided to step in and help. The drive will hopefully be the first of many to come. Kelly Harrison, program supervisor of Medical Technology at IntelliTec’s Grand Junction campus says “I would like to do this every 6 months.”
Community Response to Bone Marrow Drive
The drive brought in 117 potential bone marrow donors consisting of students, faculty and community alike. The samples are currently being assessed to see if a donor match has been found for Kara.
Every one of the donors that showed up for the drive will have their names added to the national donor registry. They were all informed of this when they donated and are fully aware that they may be chosen as a donor for anyone else in the country.
The overwhelming support from the school and the students of IntelliTec College is just one example of the personal connection students like Jessica Young gain while attending IntelliTec.