Bone marrow drive at the MLK parade

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A medical theme surrounds the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Wilmington each year - this year's theme was bone marrow.

Area medical experts set up a tent at the parade for people to register to be a donor.

There are very few African Americans donors, and consequently, when a person of color needs a transplant, more often than not, they can't get it

"Right now in the African American community there are thousands of new cases of bone marrow disease," said retired physician James Graham.  "Diseases related to blood related cancers"

Organizers say it's easier to find a match if there's a diverse donor pool.

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