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Volunteers host bone marrow registration

A poster with information on becoming a bone marrow donor hangs of the registration table at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. Registering takes about two minutes, and adds potential donors to a list of over one million people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

A poster with information on becoming a bone marrow donor hangs of the registration table at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. Registering takes about two minutes, and adds potential donors to a list of over one million people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Volunteers from the 27th Special Operations Wing smile for the camera during a bone marrow donor registration event at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30th, 2018. Representatives from different squadrons across Cannon AFB volunteered for six hours to help people through the registration process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Volunteers from the 27th Special Operations Wing smile for the camera during a bone marrow donor registration event at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30th, 2018. Representatives from different squadrons across Cannon AFB volunteered for six hours to help people through the registration process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Technical Sgt. Sean Harrington, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron kennel master, holds up a completed set of mouth swabs for bone marrow donor registration at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. The registration is done through Salute To Life, a program created to let Department of Defense members become bone marrow donors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Technical Sgt. Sean Harrington, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron kennel master, holds up a completed set of mouth swabs for bone marrow donor registration at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. The registration is done through Salute To Life, a program created to let Department of Defense members become bone marrow donors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Airman 1st Class Jaqueline Ortega, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, swabs the inside of her mouth during bone marrow donor registration at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. Registering takes about two minutes and adds potential donors to a list of over one million people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Airman 1st Class Jaqueline Ortega, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, swabs the inside of her mouth during bone marrow donor registration at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. Registering takes about two minutes and adds potential donors to a list of over one million people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Airman 1st Class Jaqueline Ortega, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, inserts a cotton swab used to collect saliva into a carrier at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. The cotton swabs are analyzed to see if someone is a valid bone marrow donor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

Airman 1st Class Jaqueline Ortega, 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, inserts a cotton swab used to collect saliva into a carrier at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Nov. 30, 2018. The cotton swabs are analyzed to see if someone is a valid bone marrow donor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Vernon Walter)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Volunteers from the 27th Special Operations Wing hosted a stand for those interested in registering to donate bone marrow, today, at the Exchange on Cannon Air Force Base.

 

This was the first of two registration events, with the second one being held Dec. 7th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Those interested in donating can show up during the window of time with no appointment needed. Registration only takes about two minutes.

 

“I’ve seen just how important donating is,” said Senior Airman Edgardo, 56th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron operations analyst. “I knew this girl in high school who had leukemia. Someone was a match for her and she received a bone marrow transplant, saving her live.”

 

Registration is done through the Salute to Life program, created to help United States Department of Defense members become bone marrow donors.

 

Registration consists of filling out consent forms and swabbing the corners of one’s mouth. After that, the data collected is added to a list of members. While most people that are registered are never contacted, there are a select few who are a match for someone that require bone marrow.

 

Registration itself is still a commitment. Once the swab samples are typed, volunteers will remain on the registry of potential donors until they reach the age of 61 or are asked to be removed.

“Saving a life for a little pain is worth it,” said Staff Sgt. Travis Parsons, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron standardized evaluator. “Please come out and register at our next event if you are interested.”

 

For any questions on registration or what happens after, contact Master Sgt. Matthew Chisum, (575) 904-5375, or Staff Sgt. Jennifer Bradley, (575) 784-7796.