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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:45 am

The Desert Vista baseball boosters will be hosting a bone marrow drive for freshman Ryan Kibby on March 22 at noon at Desert Vista.

There will be a need for approximately 20 volunteers to work at the drive.

Kibby was diagnosed with severe Aplastic anemia, a disease that between 600 and 900 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with each year, when he was 9 years old.

Aplastic anemia is a disease of the bone marrow caused by destruction of the blood-forming stem cells in the bone marrow. Patients with severe Aplastic anemia are at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding because the bone marrow stops making enough red cells, white cells and platelets for the body.

The cost to do a bone marrow kit is $100 per person.

There is a plan to do some fundraising in the weeks to come.

If interested in volunteering or for more information, contact Desert Vista booster president Julie Berry at dvbaseballbooster@gmail.com

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