This week at Williams:
Williams College will be hosting a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on Thursday, April 9th from 11am-2:30pm in Paresky, Friday April 10th in all the open dining halls at lunch, and Saturday, April 11th from 7-9am on Paresky lawn during the breakfast for the Great Day of Service.
This drive is in memory of Katharine C. Eckman, a senior at Hamilton College who passed away in October from leukemia. The goal of the drive is to recruit as many new donors as possible from Williams and the surrounding community. Increasing the number of donors gives hope to blood cancer patients around the world in need of a peripheral blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Registering is quick and easy, and requires filling out a registration form and swabbing cells from the inside of your cheek. Registrants must be 18-55 and in general good health. Every sample costs $65 to test, so voluntary donations are accepted and encouraged. Please consider taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to give someone a second chance at life.
This drive was organized almost single-handed by Susannah Eckman ’11 in honor of her sister. (See her Record article) From what I saw today, it is seeming to be pretty successful.
However, this event on campus brought to light for some people on campus the realities of donations of this sort for gay men. Although I understand the reasoning for the exclusion, it seems that if there is such a shortage for institutions such as the Red Cross and the National Bone Marrow Registry would work towards removing the prohibition on gay men donating. The Eph Rainbow Alliance also set up a table with a petition asking for a change in policy (not sure how much good it will do, but I understand their point as well).