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Bone marrow drive planned for October

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - The Drive for Justice that happened locally several years ago was a perfect example of how the island community came together to help a child suffering from leukemia.  And another bone marrow drive is being planned for next month.  

Dr. Thomas Shieh is spearheading the effort and told KUAM News, "We have another boy who is 18 years old. His name is Matthew Chargualaf. His mom and his auntie contacted me a week ago to schedule a drive for October 3, and we're waiting for the kits to come in from Hawaii so we can do the drive.

"I already got nurses volunteering and whoever can volunteer and come out and join the Registry. We still have thousands of people who haven't joined."

22-year-old Dededo resident Rafaelito DeAusen left for Hawaii this morning. He participated in a bone marrow drive at the University of Guam and was found to be a successful match for a 7-year-old boy.  The bone marrow match for Matthew is scheduled for October 3, from 10:30am-5pm at the Micronesia Mall.

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