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Base Establishes Bone Marrow Registry

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Special to the Journal

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GA. – The 78th Medical Group here recently became part of a DoD initiative designed to save lives.
The unit now serves as recruitment site for the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Bone Marrow Donor Program known as the Salute to Life initiative.
Military members and DoD civilian employees interested in joining the bone marrow program can simply walk in to the facility and register.
“We are now open for business,” said 1st Lt. Melissa Campos, 78th MDG Lab Flight commander and recruitment campaign coordinator. “I’m really excited to announce the start of this life-saving initiative.”

According to Campos, registration can be accomplished in less than five minutes. Signing up consists of filling out a short two-page consent form and having the inside of your mouth swabbed.

Once registered, a potential donor is given an official card signifying he or she has registered. Those who sign up remain on the registry until age 60 or they asked to be removed.

The DoD program is part of the national bone marrow program.

The 78th MDG’s walk-in registration is the first of its kind on an Air Force installation in Georgia.

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