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Bentley College Unites to Help First-Year Student with Leukemia

January 21, 2001


WALTHAM, Mass.- The Bentley College community is joining together to help save the life of first-year student Mario Hernandez-Kenyon, who suffers from leukemia. Hernandez-Kenyon needs a bone marrow transplant to recover, but so far no matches have been identified. Circle K and other student groups have organized a bone marrow drive for Wednesday, February 7, in the Falcone North function room to screen faculty, staff and students. Because there is a $26 fee to test every potential donor, the costs incurred by the Mario Hernandez-Kenyon bone marrow drive will be offset by a benefit dinner on Sunday, February 4, in LaCava Upper Cafeteria. There will be a full buffet, and a DJ from Bentley radio station WBTY will provide music. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased outside the Lower Cafeteria starting on January 22. Donations will also be accepted.

Hernandez-Kenyon is one of an estimated 30,000 people diagnosed with leukemia and other blood diseases this year. He endured chemotherapy last fall, but now needs a bone marrow transplant. Usually, immediate family is the best chance for a match, but an estimated 70 percent of patients, like Hernandez-Kenyon, cannot find suitable donors in their families. Hernandez-Kenyon's only chance for survival is to find an unrelated donor.

The HLA Registry, affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program, will be on campus to administer the testing and answer questions. To be screened, candidates must complete a brief health questionnaire, sign a consent form and provide a small blood sample. The process only takes 15 minutes. If a match is found, prospective donors are given the option to donate marrow to Hernandez-Kenyon or others suffering from blood diseases. Donors must meet specific guidelines, but all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to stop by and get more information.

Hernandez-Kenyon hopes a match will be found soon; he wants to regain his life, continue his education and play football, as he did in high school. For more information on leukemia and bone marrow transplants,call the National Marrow Donor Program at 1-800-MARROW-2.

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