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Fire station hosts blood drive, marrow registry
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BOUNTIFUL — A blood drive is being planned June 25 in honor of U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Jim Sproul at the South Davis Metro Fire Agency station 81, 255 S. 100 West. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sproul, of South Ogden, passed away after a five-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Aug. 15, 2010.

Those who donate blood, must be 18 and older (16 and 17-year-olds with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and must have a photo identification. Participants are asked to eat well and drink extra fluids before donating. The blood drive is being conducted by ARUP blood services.

As part of the blood drive, participants will also be asked to “Be the Match,” by signing up for the bone marrow registry.

Sproul received two bone marrow transplants as part of his treatment.

Those registering as a bone marrow donor should be between 18 and 60, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet health guidelines.

Organizers of the event say that most bone marrow donations no longer involve surgery.

BeTheMatch.org reports that most donors feel no pain during the procedure, but may feel soreness in their lower back for a week or two after. Most donors are back to their regular routines in a few days.

BeTheMatch.org is also asking those attending to donate money. Every $100 raised will add another member to the registry.

mwilliams@davisclipper.com
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