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Help Sharing America's Marrow Fight Cancer

On May 21, members of the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati communities will have the opportunity to join the bone marrow donor registry and potentially save the life of a patient fighting blood cancer. Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM), a grassroots movement to register 50,000 donors in 2015, is coming to Pee Wee’s Place in Crescent Springs this Thursday to host a donor registration event in memory of Katie Lohre who passed away from leukemia last year at the age of 17. Katie went to Dixie Heights High School and would have been graduating this month.

SAM is a campaign started by sisters Sam and Alex Kimura and their friend Taylor Shorten and in collaboration with Delete Blood Cancer to dispel the myths of bone marrow donation, educate the public on the importance of registration and register as many people as possible to become potential bone marrow donors. Sam Kimura, 22, is fighting a rare bone marrow failure disease and has yet to find a donor for the transplant that she needs to cure her disease. SAM is travelling to all 50 states with the hopes of finding a donor for Sam and for the thousands of other patients fighting blood cancer and other diseases.

To register, visit Pee Wee’s Place at 2325 Anderson Rd on May 21 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55, in general good health and willing to donate to any patient in need. Signing up is simple and consists of completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of the mouth. If called as a match, most people donate blood stem cells through a blood donation process similar to giving plasma. Any registrant could be the cure for a patient fighting a blood cancer.  

To learn more about the SAM campaign and the registration and donation process, or to register online, please visit

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