Eagles Health Initiative hosts Delete Blood Cancer event

The Eagles Health Initiative student organization hosted a “Delete Blood Cancer” this spring to help put an end to blood cancer.

The event allowed members of the community to come be swabbed to see if they can help someone in need of a bone marrow transplant or blood transfusion.

Earl Young, a 1960 gold medalist sprinter who is a leukemia survivor, spoke at Chapel and was a special guest at OC’s Choose Your K run to share the importance of bone marrow donation.

“Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with blood cancer,” said student India Loyd, EHI member and organizer of the event. “These diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, are often treated with bone marrow transplants. However, each patient must find a donor that closely matches certain genetic markers in order for the transplant to be successful.”

Delete Blood Cancer is a non-profit organization that registers potential donors for the national bone marrow registry. Jeff McCormack, dean of OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences, said simply being registered as a bone marrow donor is a powerful way to serve.

“So many of us never have the opportunity to try to help someone in a significant way,” McCormack said. “When you think about serving, there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life. Although you are not laying down your life, you are giving of yourself to save someone else’s life.”

In its first year, Eagles Health Initiative hosted events and forums about numerous health-related issues, including stress and anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

“EHI brings together multiple disciplines in the sciences and various other majors across campus,” EHI president Jackson Higginbottom said. “Everyone should at least know the basics of health, even if that is not the area you are looking at for a career.”

For more information about Eagles Health Initiative, go to facebook.com/eagleshealthinitiative. To learn more about OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences, go to www.oc.edu/science.

Summer 2016

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