Flat River Family Dentistry is heading bone marrow drive

By Stacie Smith • Last Updated 11:58 am on Monday, June 04, 2012

Flat River Family Dentistry has joined the fight against life threatening blood cancers by participating in the “Take a Bite out of Cancer” bone marrow drive.

In connection with the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), Flat River Family Dentistry is collecting cheek tissue samples through June 19 at its office in Greenville. The goal, according to Dr. Sara Mahar of Flat River Family Dentistry, is to collect 10,000 names for the bone marrow registry.

She explained that a tissue swab of the inside of a person’s mouth is taken and the tissue type is registered anonymously on the International Bone Marrow Registry. If you are a potential match, you will be contacted to see if you would like to be a bone marrow donor.

“It’s the easiest and most painless dental appointment you will ever have,” Mahar said, “and you have the potential to save a life, just from a simple swab of your cheek.”

The appointments are free and Flat River Family Dentistry will donate $1 for each cheek swabbed to the family of Bree Town, an 8-year-old Greenville youth who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

“It’s a simple way to get more potential donors on the registry as well as help a local family fight these blood cancers.”

Potential donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55. Those interested in registering their tissue type may do so by visiting Flat River Family Dentistry located at 124 Cass St., across from the U.S. Post Office, in Greenville between 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  No scheduling for appointments is needed.

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