Lynchburg, VA - There was a big event in Manhattan today to recruit bone marrow donors. It comes after Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts shared the news of her blood disease with the world.
Every year, more than 10,000 people are diagnosed with blood diseases like leukemia, and 70% of those patients do not have a matching marrow donor in their family.
That's where organizations like The National Marrow Donor Program come in. The site's Be The Match Registry contains more than 9.5 million potential donors.
"Communities, they see us here at ABC and what we're doing and communities all across the country, it's a simple little swab test, knowing it can save so many lives," said Roberts.
If you become a donor, there are two ways to collect bone marrow. One is similar to a blood transfusion and the other is a surgical method.
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