East Mississippi is being asked to give the gift of life in an unusual way.
Officials with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program were in Meridian Tuesday soliciting donors.
Every year, more than 10,000 Americans develop life-threatening diseases that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant from someone other than his or her relatives.
Organizers say the procedure is much more simple than you might think.
"They're going to insert a needle in the top of the hip and extract the marrow out through that needle and syringe," said Mary LaSueur of the NMDP. "They put a Band-aid over the hip and that's it for the procedure. Now, of course, you don't feel any of that because of anesthesia, but once it wears off you will feel some soreness in that area for a couple of days."
A bone marrow transplant is an outpatient procedure. It does not cost the donor any money. All costs incurred are paid for by the patient's insurance. To get on the registry all it takes is a swab from your cheek.
For more information on how you may get on the donor registry, call 1-800-366-6710.