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Kentucky Wesleyan hosts donor drive for alumnus

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

A two-day event kicks off in Owensboro where you could help save someone's life.

A bone marrow donor drive will take place today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Winchester Center on Kentucky Wesleyan College's campus, just off of Frederica Street.   

It's being held in support of Chris Herrell.

He's an Owensboro native and a graduate of Owensboro High School and Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he played on the baseball team.

Chris now lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three young children.

But recently, he was diagnosed with MDS, a rare form of blood cancer.

The only cure is a bone marrow transplant, and currently, no donors in the registry match Chris.

Organizers hope today's drive will solve that problem.

If you'd like to join the registry, it's easy.

You'll fill out a form and have the inside of your cheek swabbed to determine your tissue type.

It's important to keep in mind that Chris needs to find a matching tissue type, not a matching blood type.

If you can't make it Thursday, the drive will also be held on Saturday in the Woodward Health and Recreation building on campus during the same times.

If none of the scheduled times work, don't worry.

You can still join the registry by clicking here. 

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