Registering to be a bone marrow donor

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Intellitec College in Grand Junction says an American is diagnosed with a blood cancer every three minutes.

It's why they were registering people at their Horizon Drive location Thursday. It's part of a national effort to get more bone marrow and blood stem cell donors.

They say it's easy, all it takes is a swab of the cheek.

“Everybody's bone marrow is different. So if you happen to be a match for someone then you could save a life,” said Jennifer Prather, Intellitec College.

Intellitec says only about 30 percent of all patients are able to find a blood marrow donor. So the more people registered, the better the odds.

For more information on how to register to be a donor, follow the link next to this article.