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Lifestyles

Blood drive and bone marrow registry planned at IVCC on Sept. 19

OGLESBY — The Illinois Valley Community College Red Cross Club and Student Nurses Association, along with the Illini Realtors Association, will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive and bone marrow registry from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the gymnasium.

IVCC instructor and ARC volunteer Steve Swett said: “Donors can save up to 15 minutes during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time and fill out health history questions. They can also print or email their pass.”

He added, “For those considering joining the bone marrow registry, ‘Be the Match’ will provide information about the donation process, and potential donors would have a sample of tissue from the inside of the cheek taken using a swab.”

Appointment sign-ups can be made from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11, 12, 13, 17 and 18 in the IVCC Cyber Café, by calling Swett at 815-224-0232 or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

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