Stillwater News Press

Health & Environment

August 14, 2009

Blood drive, marrow registration set

Students, faculty and staff on the Oklahoma State University campus will have the opportunity to save lives in two ways this week.

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is conducting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The bloodmobile will be on Library Lawn and the Starlight Terrace on the fourth floor of the Student Union and will offer an indoor donation location.

And, for the first time, OSU’s Pi Beta Phi chapter is partnering with Oklahoma Blood Institute to offer a marrow registry drive on campus.

Each year, more than 10,000 Americans face life-threatening diseases from cancer to leukemia for which the only cure is a marrow transplant.

Many of those in need are children, and only 30 percent find a family member who is a matched donor. The rest must rely on the National Marrow Donor Program Registry also known as “Be The MatchSM” (BeTheMatch.com). In Oklahoma, OBI coordinates all “Be The Match” activities.

For the local Pi Phi chapter, OSU and Stillwater, the marrow registry is very personal. Marshall Matlock, 29, is battling leukemia and needs an immediate marrow transplant. Both his grandfathers were on the OSU faculty. Dr. Ralph Matlock was the Department. Head of the Agronomy Dept. until his death in 1977. Dr. Bryan Glass, was in the Zoology Department., and was the OSU museum director for his last 15 years before retirement in 1985. He now lives at the Renaissance Retirement Center in Stillwater.

Marshall’s parents met at Stillwater High School and are both OSU grads.

Peggy, who was a Pi Phi at OSU, is now an elementary school principal in Moore. Randy is a pharmacist.

Marshall’s sister, Rebecca, was also an OSU Pi Phi and graduated from pharmacy school in May. Marshall graduated from OSU in 2003 and worked at Cerner Pharmaceuticals in Kansas City until his diagnosis earlier this year.

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