Sisters on cross-country trip to register bone marrow donors

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2015) – A local brewery is helping two sisters reach their goal of registering 50,000 bone marrow donors in fifty states. Triton Brewing Company will open its doors Thursday night to raise awareness about the cause.

Sam and Alex Kimura are on a cross-country trip to register as many donors as possible. The mission is a personal one for the two young women.  At 17, Sam was told she needed a bone marrow transplant. Her health struggles inspired the creation of SAM or Sharing America’s Marrow. They are making 191 stops at colleges, concerts and breweries to spread the word about the need for donors.

Sam had to turn to other treatments because doctors found no donor match for her.

“They tested my sister because siblings have about 25 percent chance of being a match and Alex was not a match for me,” Sam said. “My doctors looked at the registry of 10 million registered donors I didn’t have a match in that database either.”

Sam is currently in remission from her condition but could still need a donor in the future. About 70 percent of people who need bone marrow transplants do not have matches within their family.

On Thursday night, Sam and Alex will have tables set up at Triton Brewing Company to educate people about bone marrow donation and register donors. Triton will be giving free pints to those who attend the event and choose to register. To participate, visit Triton at 5764 Wheeler Road between 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday.

You must be between 18 and 55 years old to donate bone marrow.