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AU student inspires registry drive for bone marrow donors

AngelOzanic left her sister GinOzanic are shown Rush Medical Center for bone marrow donation.

Angela Ozanic, left, and her sister Gina Ozanic are shown at Rush Medical Center for a bone marrow donation.

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Updated: November 18, 2012 6:49AM

AURORA — Aurora University senior Angela Ozanic is on a mission, and she needs your help. Her goal? To get as many people on the bone marrow registry as possible.

Since last year, Ozanic, of Woodstock, has donated bone marrow four times to her older sister and only sibling, Gina, who suffers from acute myeloid leukemia.

“I saw a lot of young people in the oncology ward at Rush Medical Center in Chicago that were waiting for matches. The donation process is not difficult and it can save someone’s life,” Ozanic said.

The physical education major will lead a bone marrow registration drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the university in hopes of matching potential donors with patients in need.

The drive, a partnership between the Be the Match Foundation and Lifesource Blood Center, will take place in the lobby of Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise Place, Aurora. The public is invited to take part.

Registering is simple, Ozanic said. The test consists of a simple swab of the inner cheek.

Registrants who match patients will be contacted for a marrow donation. Formerly a surgical procedure, most marrow donations now are similar to giving blood.

Prospective donors must be 18- to 60-years-old, meet health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need.

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