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Bone-Marrow Drive to Save Oxy Prof

In the peak of health when he was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, Tetsuo Otsuki and other patients like him need your help.

A little more than a year ago, Tetsuo Otsuki, a professor of chemistry and a longtime faculty member at , was diagnosed with multiple myeloma—cancer of the blood.

To help "Dr. O"—as Otsuki is fondly referred to—as well as others suffering from cancer, Oxy is organizing a bone-marrow drive next week, Wednesday, February 15, the day after Valentine’s Day.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held on the campus’ student quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Potential donors must be 18 years to 60 years old, must be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet certain health guidelines. (People of color and those who are biracial or multiracial have relatively few donors.)

To learn more about how to become a bone-marrow donor, click here.

And click here to read a riveting story about Otsuki—he bicycles seven miles most days, eats a low-fat diet and appears to be genetically blessed for longevity—and how a former student of his made it his life’s mission to save his mentor.

For more details, contact Stephanie Farah at (626) 301-8483 or email her at sfarah@coh.org.

Bone-Marrow Drive, Occidental College student quad, Wednesday, February 15, 11 a.m-2 p.m.

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