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Educational Psychology class at Western to host ‘Swab and Save Lives,’ a stem-cell donor drive, Nov. 16 - 17

November 08, 2016

Non-embryonic human
Non-embryonic human stem cells like the one illustrated here can be used to treat a variety of illnesses.

Students in the Educational Psychology class at Western Wyoming Community College will host a “Swab and Save Lives” stem-cell donor drive at the Rock Springs campus on Wednesday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Pendulum. The project, conducted with the international non-profit organization DKMS, which researches treatments for blood cancer and other blood disorders, aims to register donors whose stem cells could be used to treat blood cancer patients.  

Associate Professor of Education Christine Maddy, Ed.D., teaches the Educational Psychology class and said the donor drive represents a service-learning opportunity for her students.

“As one of the required assignments for Educational Psychology, my students are required to research and apply a service-learning project in their community,” Maddy said. “This project helps the students to demonstrate effective communication in and out of the classroom, foster civic responsibility, improve socially and academically, think critically, develop a sense of responsibility for decision-making, and enhance their viewpoint as an educator.”

Anyone interested in joining the DKMS stem-cell donor registry is encouraged to drop by the Pendulum on the ground floor of the Rock Springs campus and have their cheek swabbed. There are no needles or blood draws necessary.   

“Swab and Save Lives” is part of a larger DKMS effort, “Students vs. Blood Cancer.” For more information about DKMS or the donor drive, email or visit the website at

For more information about “Swab and Save Lives,” email Dr. Maddy at

For more information, contact Audrey Harton at (307) 382-1661 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181