NSU Jacksonville Program Organizes Blood Donation and Bone Marrow Registry

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

River City Live
From left, in back, two cast members of River City Live, Eden Kendall and Mark Peyton. From left, in middle around the River City LIVE sign, are PA students, Candy Daniels, Madalyn Ingmire, Shelby Parker, Connor Smith, and Hugh Rappa. In front, in middle, Rance Adams (kneeling), cast member.

On September 21, 2018, the Jacksonville campus Tom Lemley Class Officers of 2020 were featured on Jacksonville’s local news station, News4Jax. Accompanied by Hugh Rappa, M.D., NSU associate PA program director, and four PA students, Connor Smith, Mady Ingmire, Shelby Parker, and Naw-am Daniels.

NSU Jacksonville Physician Assistant (PA) program collaborated with Gift of Life and One Blood to host an event to register donors to be a match for patients battling life threatening illnesses. During the segment, our students discussed the importance of bone marrow transplants for blood cancer patients. They also provided insight on the process involved with blood and bone marrow stem cell donations. Understanding the scarcity bone marrow registrations, our students invited the entire community to mobilize and take part in the effort to find the perfect match for cancer patients who may be waiting for a life-saving bone marrow stem cell transplantation. In addition, the students also invited the community to the fundraiser bake sale for the medical mission trip of 2019.

On September 26, 2018, the NSU Jacksonville PA Program successfully held their Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry Drive. Students, faculty, as well as other donors from the community eagerly participated in the event. Due to the overwhelming response from the community, the PA students were also able to successfully raise money during their bake sale. Participants enjoyed baked goods after donating blood and registering for the bone marrow registry.

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