Marrow drive honors School Board member

School Board Member Hussein Samatar was diagnosed last year with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment.

Minneapolis Public Schools hosts a bone marrow donor drive 11 a.m.–2 p.m. June 19 in honor of School Board Member Hussein Samatar, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44 and meet medical requirements. The drive will be held at district headquarters, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., and walk-ins are welcome.

For the one-day drive, the district partnered with Be the Match, the organization that operates the largest directory of potential bone marrow donors and donated umbilical cord blood for the National Marrow Donor Program. For more information on Be the Match, or to join the registry, go to bethematch.org.

After winning a School Board seat in 2010, Samatar became the first Somali-American to hold public office in the state and possibly the nation. He publicly announced his diagnosis with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in December.

His treatment to up to mid-June included three cycles of chemotherapy and one bone marrow transplant to replace marrow damaged by the chemotherapy, the district reported recently.