5th graders helping save lives with blood drive

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We inducted new members to our THV 11's Hero Central. A group of fifth graders at Don Roberts Elementary East have organized an special life saving event in honor of two Arkansans fighting blood cancer.

    Carman McBride, Jeff Smith and Annie Fortune joined us on "THV 11 This Morning" to share details.

    EAST is all about kids solving real-world problems using technology. They develop 100% student-driven service projects accomplished through teamwork.

    A group of EAST students at Roberts Elementary will host a swab drive with Delete Blood Cancer at our school this Friday.

    These students are passionate about matching patients with donors and created an opportunity for the community to take action with them.

    Blood cancer has affected a lot of people in the group which inspired them to do the swab drive.

    The process is easy. First you fill out a registration form, and then use a Q-tip to swab the inside of each cheek for about 15 or 20 seconds. The swabs are then put in an envelope and sealed and the group then sends it to the database.

    If you are between the ages of 18 and 55, it costs nothing and only takes a few minutes. You could be the life-saving match for another patient in need.

    The drive is Fri. Jan. 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Don Roberts Elementary school gym.

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