Stem cell donors needed for former schools superintendent

Friends of John Glaser, the former superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District, are seeking stem cell donors to help with his medical treatment.

Glaser is dealing with two cancers: Multiple myeloma and leukemia. He is in need of a second stem cell transplant, his supporters said.

Potential donors can request a cheek swab kit online, and mail the swab in to be registered in the worldwide pool of stem cell donors. To qualify for the registry, a person needs to be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good health.

Those who match Glaser or another transplant patient would be asked to go to a nearby lab for a blood draw and have their blood cells further analyzed.

People who are chosen as donors would then return to the lab for a blood donation, where the stem cells would be extracted and their blood would be returned to them. The process takes three to four hours.

For more information on how to donate stem cells, visit marrow.org.

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Stem cell donors needed for former schools superintendent

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