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Kalamazoo set to hold a bone marrow match drive on Tuesday

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Kalamazoo set to hold a bone marrow match drive on Tuesday.{ } (File - WWMT)

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is gearing up for a bone marrow drive for the first time in more than a decade.

KDPS is partnering with Be the Match for the bone marrow drive Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at KDPS Station 4/5 on Park Street.

People between the ages of 18 to 44 for free and requires a $100 donation if you are between 45 to 60. The test involves a simple cheek swab.

KDPS Officer Jennifer Higby made a donation over a decade ago and got a call to help a 2-year-old boy in 2018.

Higby said, “When I got called, I just kind of thought, ‘Well, a child's life is depending on me to be a match.’ It got me thinking of my own child, if something, if she got sick would there be anybody out there to be the match for her? So that kind of got me thinking that maybe we needed to do a little bit more.”

KDPS Chief Karianne Thomas said, “She brought that to me and said ‘Now's the time to bring this back. Can we get more donors out there?’ And that touched me because my mother died a few years ago from leukemia. We never found a match, and that's what we needed at that time, was a match, so it's like, this is a sign, time to do this.”