Community gathers on New Years Eve to find bone marrow doners

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – While some were out celebrating the New Years, others in Kinston were having a different kind of gathering. They were asking people to have their mouths swabbed to join the bone marrow registry.

This comes after WNCT first learned about a little boy named Ronin, who has Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS).

SDS impacts bone marrow, along with pancreas, and skeletal system. Children with the disease are often shorter than average and have a difficult time digesting and absorbing nutrients.

Organizers of the event said it was important to get together and give back to those in need.

“It’s the start of a new year to try to make a difference in somebodies life,” said Chris Jenkins. “You’re on the registry for 7 years, and it could go to anybody across the country who needs that bone marrow transplant.”

If you couldn’t make it to the event, but still want to join the bone marrow registry, click here. You have to be between 18 and 44 to request a swab kit to be sent to your home. After completing it and sending it back, your name will go on a list to help those in need of bone marrow.

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