Miss America Hosts Bone Marrow Donor Drive

Miss America 2014 will visit Flushing this weekend, as part of a bone marrow donor registration drive.

The Shops at SkyView Center, Be The Match and Make Me Stronger announced that Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, will host the drive, which will take place on Level D of the shopping center on Dec. 14 from 1-5 p.m.

FBE2 MissAmerica1Davuluri became involved with the drive partially to help find a matching donor for Ekata Doshi, a young Indian woman who needs a bone marrow transplant. After she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, her brother, Adarsh, founded Make Me Stronger.

“As a young woman with the dream of attending medical school, helping to improve the lives of others by facilitating access to life-saving treatment options is something I am incredibly passionate about,” Davuluri said. “I know how important it is for patients like Ekata who do not have a matching donor in their family, searching the national registry of potential marrow donors is the only way to find a suitable donor.”

Make Me Stronger is a grassroots movement founded to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors in minority groups, specifically the Asian and South Asian communities.

Participants in this Saturday’s bone marrow drive will be added to the Be The Match Registry. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44, meet health guidelines and must be willing to donate to any patient in need. Donors also have to complete a health history form and be willing to give a swab of cheek cells.