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A bone marrow donor drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the atrium of the University at Buffalo Biomedical Education Building on the South Campus.

Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on bone marrow transplants to save their lives.

By having their cheeks swabbed, potential donors will be entered into a registry for possible matching with someone in need of a transplant. There are two methods of donation: peripheral blood stem cells and bone marrow that are used, depending on needs of the patient. The cheek swab to enter the donor registry is free.