According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about 20 thousand people per year will need of a bone marrow transplant.
Because marrow matches are highly uncommon Minot State University's Biology Department has made it a mission to find future donors.
Tomorrow at MSU's Beaver Dam students and staff will sign up potential candidates. Those enlisting should be ages 18 to 55 and in good health.
(Heidi Super, Biology Department) "Tomorrow just to become registered all it is filling out information, getting information and then a cheek swap. Basically a regular cotton swab run around the inside of your cheek 10 times on each side. That's it."
They hope to at least sign-up 100 donors as part of university's Power 100 centennial service project.
If you can't physically give bone marrow, dollar donations are also being accepted to help pay for the swabbing kits.