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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 28, 1994, Page PAGE 6-A, Image 6

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SCREENING SET MAY 18 BCC Gospel Concert Will Help Cover Cost Of Bone Marrow Donor Testing A May 14 gospel concert sponsored by the Bruns wick Community College chapter of The National Technical-Vocational Honor Society will raise funds to help cover the cost of a bone marrow donor testing program Wednesday, May 18, at the college. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the BCC campus. The Guiding Lights, The Kingsway Trio, Von Ferguson and the Coastal Voices, the Cedar Grove Young Adult Choir, the Mount Zion Male Chorus and possibly other local groups will participate. Tickets are $5 per person and are available from honor society members and from the Hop Shop, Yaupon Beach; Kingsway Christian Book and Music, Shallottc; and Howard's BP Station in Bolivia. Seating for the handicapped can be arranged by contacting cither honor society Vice President Karen Thompson, 253-7365, or President Kim Jones, 278 9651, in advance of the concert. All proceed"; will help pay the cost of testing po tential bone marrow donors. The only cost to bone marrow donors is the initial test that costs $60. The honor society qualifies for 50 percent community matching funds, which reduces the cost of the local testing to $30 per person. The society is trying to raise the difference, so no one will have to pay to volunteer as a donor. "My biggest fear is that we're not going to raise enough money to cover the number of people who show up for the test on May 18." said Society Vice President Karen Thompson. "The auditorium seats 1,500. We've printed 1,000 tickets. I hope we have to print more." While the society is aware of several families in southeastern North Carolina in need of donors, the May 18 testing is not an effort to identify potential matches for any particular patient, but to help increase the bank of potential donors nationwide. Testing will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Multi purpose Room at BCC's Supply campus. Donations to help cover the cost of the testing will be welcomed. Support for the group project has ballooned on the BCC campus, said Thompson. The idea was sparked when she visited her sister's church about four months ago. For a woman in the congregation a bone marrow transplant was the last al ternative for treatment. "She was going to be relying on the kindness of someone she didn't know," said Thompson. "I know that if it were me, 1 would be on my knees praying (for a match). I would want someone to do it for me, so I should be willing to do it for someone else." Fellow honor society members felt the same way, especially after hearing a speaker from the American Red Cross who spoke about the bone marrow donor program and the difficulty in making a match. There are more than 1 million potential donors in the United States registry, including 42,000 in North Carolina. Even with that many would-be donors and reciprocal searches with other countries, only 30 per cent of the demand for bone marrow donations is be ing met. "There's a one in 20,000 chance of matching, in creasing to 1 in 4 among siblings," said Thompson. "They desperately need African American and Native American donors because it is hard to find a match outside your own ethnic origin." More than 60 diseases can be cured through use of hone marrow, though its most widely known use is in treating leukemia, she said. On May 18 the testing will be conducted by the Charlotte center of the American Red Cross, which operates the area's National Marrow Donor Program Center. Anyone who is between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good health qualifies as a potential donor. "The same conditions that would keep you from giving blood would keep you from doing this," said Thompson. The testing involves drawing two tubes of blood. The first will be tested for four of six antigens?sub stances that stimulate production of antibodies, pro teins in the blood that provide immunity. The remain ing tube is frozen. If a match is found for the first four antigens, the center asks permission to test the remain ing vial for the other two antigens. If all six match, then the potential donor undergoes more testing, including a physical, and counseling. If the match proceeds, marrow is harvested on an out-patient basis at one of two locations: University Hospitals in Chapel Hill or Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. All donor's expenses are covered, in cluding mileage to and from the site and accommoda tions for two. It's everywhere your advertising ought to forget the advertising deadline is Thursday, May 5, for the Memorial Day issue, coming May 26. CALL AN ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE RIGHT NOW, 754-6890 Tranquilizer Guns' Use OKed To Subdue Vicious Animals BY ERIC CARLSON The Brunswick County Board of Health on Monday authorized the use of tranquilizer guns by animal control officers for immobilizing dangerous or vicious animals that cannot be captured safely by other means. Animal Control Supervisor Greg Thompson asked the board to adopt a new policy allowing him to pur chase the weapons and drugs and to train his staff in their use. The new policy rescinds a 1985 health department rule forbidding the use of tranquilizer guns by ani mal control employees without di rect assistance from N.C. Wildlife officers or the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department. "I'm not sure why that policy was adopted, but I suspect it was because tranquilizer equipment wasn't as re liable and effective as it is today," Thompson told the board. Thompson saio modern tranquil izer guns are more humane and safer to use than firearms. They also en hance the animal control officer's ability to capture a vicious or dan gerous animal. Today's tranquilizing drugs are also much better than those available ten years ago, he said. "It will also rive us another op tion besides deadly force," Thomp son said. "Right now all we have are regular firearms, which could be more dangerous than the animal it self." Currently, if a dangerous animal cannot be captured by any other means, department personnel may be authorized to shoot it. The new health department policy specifies that "remote chemical im mobilization projectors" will be han dled in the same careful manner as conventional firearms and will be stored in a gun safe when not in use. Thompson said the guns come in two types, a pistol and rifle. He told the board that only one of each would be needed initially. The weapons will not be kept on animal control vehicles. Only animal control personnel who have successfully completed a course in the use of chemical immo bilization equipment will be autho rized to use the weapons. Accurate records are to be kept on the type and amount of drugs used. The drugs are to be locked in a safe when not in use. Prior approval must be obtained from the animal control supervisor or the county health director before the tranquilizer darts can be used on an animal. At this time, Thompson is the on ly animal control employee trained and authorized to use tranquilizer guns. Now. with authorization from the board, he hopes to eventually have several staff members trained in their use. Monday's meeting was a recessed session of the health board's regular monthly meeting. In other business, the board: ? Discussed the need for salary increases in the environmental health section. The department's current low wage scale has made it difficult for the county to attract and keep qualified environmental health specialists, according to health board member Bruce Quaintance. who chairs a committee studying the problem. ? Members Patricia Nutter, Dr. Brad Kerr, Dr. Jeffrey Mintz and Thompson were appointed to a com mittee that will make recommenda tions for a new policy on the spay ing and neutering of animals adopt ed at the county animal shelter. Three members of the public will al so be chosen to sit on the committee. ? Agreed to establish an annual "Employee of the Year" award to be given to a top health department worker every fall. Nominations will be collected from department staff each October and reviewed by a committee of the health board. ? 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