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ANOTHER BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE SET

ANOTHER BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE SET

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Another opportunity for Greensboro residents to join the National Bone Marrow Registry will be Wednesday at the American Red Cross' Wendover Center at 3405-A West Wendover Ave. near Clifton Road.

The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The registry drive is being organized by friends of Charlotte Beavers Clark, a Greensboro leukemia victim who is hospitalized in Lexington, Ky., to undergo a bone marrow transplant, with her mother as the donor.

About 50 of Clark's friends joined the registry recently by donating a sample of blood. The larger the registry is, the more likely someone with leukemia can find a bone marrow match somewhere in the U.S.

Since word of Clark's illness was publicized, more than 200 people have indicated a desire to join the registry. The action could help Clark. Before and for some time after her operation, she will need infusions of platelets, the substance that causes clotting of the blood. A platelet match for her could be found in the registry.

It costs $60 to join the registry. The money is used to pay for extensive testing of the blood sample. Clark's friends say they will work something out if a person wants to join but can't afford the fee.

To sign up for the drive, contact Melinda Wood at 282-4598 or Mary Jane Beavers at 852-1038 by 9 a.m. Monday.

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