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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Bone marrow drive scheduled 07.14.2010

Written by David Green.

There are thousands of people, such as Fayette’s Kellen Keiser, who are in need of a bone marrow transplant.

But first comes the donor.

The Fayette United Methodist Church has scheduled a bone marrow drive from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Opera House in hopes of lining up new donors.

DNA will be collected from a cheek swab to add to the “Be the Match Registry,” the new name for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

Potential donors will join a list of those willing to donate when a match is found for anyone in need, not particularly for Kellen.

The cost for someone to be processed and join the registry is about $100 and the August event is serving two purposes. Not only is there an effort to find new donors, but also to find financial donors.

“We are looking for people to become part of the registry and also people that can be financial donors to help cover the cost so that more might be able to be tested,” said church member Kris Keiser. “The Registry has asked that we raise $7,500, which is half of the cost to test 150 people.”

To make a financial dontation, make a check out to “Be The Match Foundation” and on the memo line write “Kellen.”

Check can be mailed to: “Be The Match Foundation” c/o Barbara Nolan, 2 Summit Park Drive, Suite 210, Cleveland, OH 44131, or brought to the Fayette Opera House Aug. 8.

Donations can also be made on-line at: www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/Kellen2010. Click on Support Kellen! for instructions.

Bone marrow donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good general health.

A $50 donation is suggested for joining the registry. Even if you cannot donate, your donation will cover the cost of someone else who can, Keiser said.

“The more people in the registry,” she said, “the better the chance for a match for Kellen or for a family member of yours in the future or someone that we do not know and is in just as much need of this life-saving gift.”

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