Bone marrow registry drive Jan. 22 at Bryant Elementary School

Event will honor or benefit 3 members of Bryant/Pattengill community

The Bryant/Pattengill schools community will be hosting a bone marrow registry drive on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bryant Elementary School, 2150 Santa Rosa, Ann Arbor to honor or benefit three members of the Bryant/Pattengill school community:

  • Deb Horn, Wife of Doug Horn, Pattengill’s fifth-grade band instructor, who received a cord blood transplant last year.
  • Sofia Robinson, a Tappan Middle School sixth-grader, and former Pattengill student, who received a bone marrow transplant from her brother, Tevis, a Pioneer High School student, earlier this month.
  • Frank Porta, husband of Dori Porta, a teacher clerk at Bryant, who continues to wait for a bone marrow match.

The registry drive is open to the entire Ann Arbor community.  The National Bone Marrow Donor Program is in need of donors from all ethnic backgrounds.  Potential donors coming to the drive will be asked to complete a basic health questionnaire and swab the inside of their cheek to provide a sample for tissue typing.

There will be written materials from the “Be the Match” organization and volunteers on hand to answer questions about giving marrow should you be identified as a potential match. More information is also at the website

Tax-deductible gifts are also being accepted to “Be The Match” and envelopes will be  available at the drive. Any donations will help to cover the cost of testing the samples collected at the drive.

Details: E-mail Patty Barry or Dana Zugay.

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