Student crowd marrow drive
By Brian Rosenberg
Close to 1000 people participated in Sunday's bone marrow drive for 25-year-old Christopher J. Corcoran, son of the East Campus house manager. Corcoran suffers from leukemia, and a marrow transplant is vital for treatment of the disease.
Chris' father, John, said, "I think the drive was phenomenal. The turnout was great, and the people were unreal."
Reba A. Sundharadas '91, president of the Technology Community Association, which helped sponsor the event, said that the turnout "was really good, especially because we were only expecting about 400 people. A lot of people came from Somerville, Harvard and Wesleyan College [where Corcoran went to school]."
"TCA was mostly responsible for publicizing the campaign on campus," Sundharadas continued. "We put up the posters, placed ads, and generally increased awareness."
No information was available on how many of the participants were MIT students.
Many people who wanted to be tested were turned away because of the wait that developed during the day. The elder Corcoran said that close to 300 people were turned away. "We took their names and addresses, and hopefully we'll have another drive in about two weeks," he said.
Carlos E. Munoz '93 said he "filled out the [registration] papers at 1:30 pm. I came back at 3:45 pm, and [the volunteers administering the test] said they were closed, because the wait was two-hours long. They wanted everyone to leave their addresses since they were coming back soon."
Laura A. Rubinstein '92 said, "I didn't have time to wait [for the test]. If they come back in two weeks, I'll go again."
The blood that was collected on Sunday will be typed within a week or two, according to Chris Corcoran.
"People will only be contacted if they are a potential match
for someone," he said. Corcoran noted that although his name was attached to the drive, he is not at the top of the transplant list.
Both Corcorans wished to express their thanks to everyone who participated, particularly Larry A. Maguire, director of housing and food services, David T. Flett, manager of the Campus Activities Complex, and the dining services staff.