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GMC to host bone marrow drive

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center will host a bone marrow drive on Thursday for people to register as potential bone marrow donors.

A global organization, Delete Blood Cancer, has partnered with GMC-Lawrenceville to host the drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a private dining room at the hospital. The free event will consist of filling out an information and consent form and a swab of the inside of your cheek. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 55 can participate.

Organizers said thousands of patients with life-threatening blood diseases depend on a national registry to find matching donors who can save their lives. Those patients also need donors who are a close genetic match, but only 30 percent find a match within their own family.

A Duluth woman, Marina Sampanes Peed, could benefit from a match. Peed learned in February that she had been living with Polycythemia Vera for the last six years and it had transformed to an aggressive Myelofibrosis. Her bone marrow is worn out and she needs a blood stem cell transplant to survive.