Purefoy Elementary School

CTEC HOSA Students Register Purefoy Parents for Bone Marrow Registry

Oct 20, 2015

Students involved in HOSA-Future Health Professionals at the Career and Technical Education Center partnered this month with the group Delete Blood Cancer to encourage people to be tested for donor compatibility.

HOSA students recently met with representative Amy Roseman and a child who suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a blood disorder that causes bone marrow to malfunction and not produce red blood cells. 

Roseman trained the students on how to host a drive, which they put into action at Purefoy Elementary’s Health and Wellness Fair on October 9.

HOSA students performed the following tasks during the drive to educate parents and raise awareness:

  • Shared information about what it means to register and to be a donor if found to be a genetic twin for a patient
  • Asked potential registrants to look over the eligibility requirements
  • Gave the registrants a form to fill out and answered questions about the form
  • Instructed the registrants on the swabbing process
  • Checked over the completed form
  • Shared a donor ID card with each registrant and thanked them for registering

HOSA students registered 18 new potential donors in just a few hours of volunteering at the Purefoy health fair, according to their advisor and instructor Jaime Davidson.

“I am so proud of these students for seeing a need and jumping right in to help," Roseman said.

Davidson and CTE nurse Denise Wharton are looking into the possibility of hosting a donor drive at the CTE Center and at other FISD events in the future.

One issue facing people in need of bone marrow donors is that the database is not very diverse and only two percent of Americans are registered. Having students share information and raise awareness is a huge help to Delete Blood Cancer and the 14,000 patients in the U.S. who are searching for donors for a second chance at life, Roseman said.

Those interested in hosting a donor drive or becoming a donor registrant may visit www.deletebloodcancer.org for more information.