Friends and family members of an Oahu man diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia will be among those recruiting potential bone marrow donors during a donor drive at a local elementary school on Wednesday.
Matthew Inn, 20, who was born and raised in Mililani and is a graduate of Moanalua High School, is currently receiving treatment at the University of Washington Medical Center. He has already gone through several chemotherapy sessions, but doctors say he needs a bone marrow transplant as part of his cancer treatment.
Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, representatives from Be The Match will recruit potential donors during a drive at Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School, near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Inn's mother works as a fourth grade teacher at the school.
There is a great need for matches for people with blood cancers, especially with Asian or minority backgrounds. Recruiting here in Hawaii will expand the nation-wide registry, especially in those under represented areas, friends of Inn told Hawaii News Now.
Teachers will be volunteering during the drive, and sixth grade students will be making ribbons, writing cards, waving signs, and creating posters to encourage people to join the bone marrow drive as part of a service learning project.