Conceived and implemented by students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, Marrow for Tomorrow aims to increase the number of life-saving bone marrow donors in underrepresented communities. We believe in narrowing the “marrow gap” for all communities, focusing especially on the Black, Latino, and Vietnamese communities in Worcester and beyond.
Understanding that community partnership is the key to community involvement, our efforts focus on five main projects:
- Working with health and cultural centers to schedule and implement bone-marrow recruitment drives
- Getting the message out to at-risk populations by teaching about bone marrow donation in public schools in Worcester
- Distributing relevant educational materials at health fairs and cultural gatherings
- Providing audio-visual equipment and educational videos for use in waiting rooms of area health centers and community centers
- Developing and producing a bone-marrow promotional video for outreach to Worcester’s Vietnamese communities.