Multiple groups have come together to raise awareness about the critical need for bone marrow donors. Olympic gold medalist and leukemia survivor, Earl Young, has partnered up with his team and representatives from DKMS to work with Abilene Christian University during this two-day event.

The focus of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of people donating, lifesaving bone marrow. At the event, both students and community members can register to donate bone marrow.

At the event, a recent ACU student who donated her bone marrow will be introduced to the 34-year-old former NCAA cheerleader who received the lifesaving donation.

According to DKMS, 70 percent of people suffering from a blood-related illnesses must rely on donors outside their families to save their life. Swabbing a cheek is all it takes to register as a potential donor.

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The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 through the 13. Thursday's events will be held at McGlothin Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday's events will start during chapel at approximately 11 a.m.; following chapel, the events will proceed until 3 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.