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Lack Of Minorities Forces Closure of Boise Bone Marrow Center

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Lack Of Minorities Forces Closure of Boise Bone Marrow Center

Lack Of Minorities Closes Treasure Valley’s Last Bone Marrow Donor Program

A lack of minority groups in the Treasure Valley area of Western United States is forcing the closure of St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institutes Bone Marrow Program. When the program finally closes its doors, potential donors a may have to be managed by the Inland Northwest Blood Center in Spokane.

st lukes Lack Of Minorities Forces Closure of Boise Bone Marrow Center

St. Luke’s, the last bone marrow donor program in Treasure Valley, says it cannot meet the new requirements to recruit at least 1000 minority donors a year or the additional requirement to have full-time recruiter in as well as a coordinator.

The new requirements set by the National Marrow Donor Program, were put in place to help address what they say is an increasing shortage of minority donors. Because tissue types are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Bone marrow transplants are often the best or only hope for patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma or other life-threatening diseases.

“We understand the need to recruit more minority donors, but closing the St. Luke’s program is not an option we would have preferred,”

During its 17 years open to the public, St. Luke’s have found more than 120 positive matches for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. Patients will now need to register through the National Bone Marrow Registry.

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