Countywide : Donors to Meet Ducks Players

Mighty Duck players, coaches and other staff will greet volunteers who donate blood for bone marrow testing Saturday at a drive for defenseman Milos Holan.

Holan, 24, was recently diagnosed with a form of leukemia.

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good health. They will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire and donate two tablespoons of blood that determine whether the person's bone marrow is compatible with anyone awaiting a transplant. Test results take about two weeks.

If the marrow matches, the donor undergoes a simple surgical procedure under general or spinal anesthesia. Less than 5% of the donor's liquid marrow is extracted from the back of the pelvis through a special needle and syringe.

Testing is free, courtesy of Walt Disney Co., at the National Sports Grill, 450 N. State College Blvd., Orange, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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