Bone marrow registry set for Sunday


Staff report



SIDNEY — A bone marrow registry for Sidney High School graduate Danielle (Rodeheffer) Wooten will be held Sunday, Sept. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sidney First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Poplar St., Sidney.

According to Wooten’s parents, Linda and Tim Rodeheffer, of Sidney, the family is still looking for a match for a bone marrow transplant. Wooten, 43, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 1998. She had been in remission until earlier this year.

This is the second bone marrow registry that has been held in Sidney for Wooten.

A cheek swab will be taken from each person who registers at the drive. There is no cose for people age 18 to 44 to join the registry. The person will stay on the registry until they are 61 years of age. People from 45 to 60 years of age can also register, but there is a fee attached to joining the registry. Aafter a person registers it takes between 6 to 8 weeks to receive the results of the test. And the test isn’t just providing a match for Wooten, it could be a lifesaving match for someone else in the United States.

Doctors are looking for a 10 out of 10 genetic marker match for Wooten and her donor.

Anyone who can’t attend Sunday’s registry can request a kit online at www.bethematch.org. The person should then select join; when asked for a promo code, use SAVE2MATCH17, which is Wooten’s account. Within 3 to 5 days a kit will be received at the person’s home with directions on how to complete the registry and to send it back.

Anyone who would like to contact Wooten can do so by writing to: Danielle Wooten, 1584 Spring Pond Road, Nashville, NC 27856.

Staff report