The El Centro Regional Medical Center is hosting a bone marrow donor drive in conjunction with the national Be The Match Registry program today starting at 4 p.m.
The donor drive is aimed at attracting more donors to the National Marrow Donor Program registry, said Sara Arroyo, Hispanic recruitment and outreach coordinator for A3M, an operation of the national Be The Match Registry program.
The upcoming drive coincides with an effort to find a donor match for two Hispanic 3-year-olds from California suffering from life-threatening diseases, said Arroyo. The drive is also an attempt to add more Latinos to the national registry since Latinos account for only 9 percent of registered donors yet make up 16 percent of the total U.S. population, Arroyo said.
Because of similarities in DNA, members of ethnic groups in need of a transplant are more likely to find a match from someone within the same ethnic group, Arroyo said.
The drive runs today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of ECRMC, 1415 W. Ross Ave.