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    Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:20:15

    MTV's Andrew Jenks Partners With DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Center - He is encouraging college kids to "Get Swabbed" and save lives with college speaking tour

    Andrew Jenks, 24, of MTV's World of Jenks is not about lip service...at all. Later this month Jenks will begin a national college speaking tour at campuses across the country where he'll recruit bone marrow donors with DKMS at select locations along the way. Jenks, who literally moves in with a different stranger each week to experience a week in their life on his show, is no stranger to standing in someone else's shoes!

    Watch this PSA that Jenks filmed with five-year-old leukemia patient, Luis Danvers. Danvers, who used to spend his time singing, playing and dancing in the park with his siblings, is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Cohen's Medical Center in Queens. He needs a bone marrow match from a stranger to survive.

    You can also watch the PSA

    A little more info: DKMS is the world's largest bone marrow donor center and DoSomething.org, the leading organization for young people and social change, to encourage college students across the country to "Get Swabbed" and save a life.

    "It is my job to tell the stories of my generation," said Jenks in a statement. "Our generation wants to get more involved and "Do Something" to make a difference and what could be more empowering than saving a life? It's particularly important for young people to step up because donors between the ages of 18-25 are the best candidates for donation since they tend to be healthier and their cells more vital." DoSomething.org will work with Jenks to leverage their extensive network of young activists and further increase participation in these life-saving drives.

    Why should you "Get Swabbed?"

    Every day, thousands of patients search the national registry in hope of a bone marrow donor match. Sadly, six out of 10 patients will never receive a transplant. "We are thrilled to have Andrew Jenks joining us in the fight against leukemia," said Katharina Harf, Co-founder of DKMS Americas. "After my mother's death, my father continued the fight by recruiting thousands more bone marrow donors. I have since made it my goal to continue my mother's legacy by helping other leukemia patients, so no family has to go through the same pain we did."

    Registering to become a bone marrow donor starts with a simple cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life. Donors must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health and meet the eligibility requirements. Upon completion of a simple registration form, prospective donors will swab (with a cotton-tip) the inside of the cheek to collect cells which identify HLA tissue-type. If prospective donors are found to be a match, a DKMS representative will contact them to answer an extended health questionnaire. At that point, a scheduled blood test and physical examination will ultimately determine if those candidates are in fact, the best suitable donors. When prospective donors register with DKMS, they will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP) and to be a possible donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant.

    The registration cost incurred by DKMS for registering a new potential donor is $65. Payment of registration fees is not mandatory, but as a non-profit organization, DKMS depends on public donations and contributions to underwrite the fees.

    Will you "Get Swabbed?"

    —Amy Sciarretto

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