Monday, March 2, 2009

FAMU Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Florida A&M University was recognized for its outstanding community service by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) for its efforts in recruiting more than 400 African Americans onto the National Marrow Donor registry.

FAMU was one of the top three historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to register students as bone marrow donors.

Saundra Inge, director of FAMU’s Student Activities said, “We have done a lot of work with Relay for Life and Big Bend Cares. We are broadening our reach and providing new experiences for our students.”

Coordinators for the FAMU Bone Marrow Drive were Alex DeJarnett, FAMU’s coordinator for Greek life and community involvement, and William Johnson, a FAMU residence director. They received an award for their efforts in organizing the campus-based campaign.

“It was a great opportunity for FAMU to rise to the challenge,” said DeJarnett. “I was glad the faculty, staff and students responded.”

According to the National Marrow Donor Program, on any given day, more than 6,000 men, women and children are searching the National Marrow Donor Program Registry for a life-saving donor.

“We are looking at dates this spring to do it again,” said DeJarnett. “We are already thinking of other ways to raise the number of donors.”

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