The National Marrow Donor Program at Carter BloodCare will register donors from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Wal-Mart in Waxahachie.

The local recruitment drive is one of 400 such events taking place across the nation during a special two-week effort to sign up more potential donors.

"For many in this area, the inspiration is Jarred Moore, an 18-year-old young man battling a life-threatening disease," a spokesman said. "His only chance of survival is a marrow or blood cell transplant."

Moore was diagnosed with leukemia in December; there is no match in his family.

According to information from the national program, more than 6,000 men, women and children are searching the NMDP every day for a life-saving donor.

"These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be cured by a marrow or blood cel transplant," the spokesman said. "The sad fact is, today, only two out of every 10 patients will receive the transplant that could save their lives."

Patients in need of a marrow or blood cell transplatn are most likely to match someone of their own race and ethnicity. Diverse donors are especially needed.

Anyone who is between the ages of 18 and 60, in good health and willing to help any patient is eligible to join the registry.

More informatio about the Thanks Mom Marrow Donor Drive is available online at www.marrow.org or by calling (214) 351-8156 or (817) 798-2946.