Hospital Seeking Bone Marrow Donors for Rockefeller

AUGUST 6, 2005 - Posted at 10:09 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - For those who want to show support for Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller, who has been diagnosed with a blood disorder and may need a bone marrow transplant, they can respond to an invitation to become a bone marrow donor.

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock is seeking volunteers to join the national bone marrow registry.  Organizers will be set up at the hospital's Children's Hall, the former site of Immanuel Baptist Church.  The money is used to cover medical costs associated with the blood samples.

Rockefeller announced last month that he would withdraw from the 2006 governor's race because he has a myeloproliferative disorder, a condition that causes an overabundance of white blood cells that could lead to leukemia.  He said he needs a bone marrow or blood stem-cell transplant.

Rockefeller has no siblings who could be donors.  And he has said he hopes that people will join the National Marrow Donor program to help people who need bone marrow transplants.

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