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      Blood Drive Helps Blood Cancer Victims

      The bone marrow drive is in honor of leukemia patient Rylan Newman, 6, who has been battling leukemia for the past 3 years.

      Thousands of people gave a few minutes of their time and a few drops of their blood to help save lives at the 28th Annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive.

      This year??s event also gives you a chance to help someone with blood cancer.

      Blood drive organizers teamed up with the Delete Blood Cancer organization which is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world.

      The bone marrow drive is in honor of leukemia patient Rylan Newman, 6, who has been battling leukemia for the past 3 years. Getting on the marrow donor list is easy and free. All you have to do is swab the inside of your mouth with a Q-tip.

      Red Cross volunteer Clark Conlisk said, ??The organization will match you up with someone who needs a bone marrow transplant. They can fly you out to D.C. for that transplant or there are some local places in the Midwest where you can give bone marrow and save another life.??

      Organizers also want to collect 5,000 pints of blood by Thursday night. Mizzou Women??s Basketball Coach Robin Pingeton wants to set an example.

      Pingeton said, ??I think leadership is about being a servant. Anytime you get the opportunity to give back and impact other people??s lives, at the end of the day, that??s what it??s always been about to me.??

      You need to be between the ages of 18 and 55 to be on the bone marrow donor list. Organizers want to make this drive the largest ever held on a college campus.

      The blood drive and donor registration are happening through this Thursday at Mizzou??s Hearnes Center.