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Native Americans to rally for bone marrow donations at Pow Wow

Every year, hundreds of Native Americans die from Leukemia, Aplastic anemia and other fatal blood diseases. Bone marrow transplants can prevent many of these deaths.

In an attempt to raise awareness of the donor program among Native Americans, "Star Keepers" and the New River Kiwanis Club are sponsoring the annual Native American "Dancing with Dreams" Pow Wow May 3 and 4 to benefit the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.

Starkeepers representative Virgil Keeto said he organized the event to raise awareness of the lack of bone marrow donors of Native American origin.

Keeto said there are about 70,000 Native American donors on the national bone marrow registry, compared to more than 2.5 million Caucasian donors.

"We are trying to get that (registration) balanced out by doing a lot of different Pow Wows and letting the public know that they need to register," he said.

The Pow Wow takes place at the Larkyn Arena in New River Kiwanis Park, 48606 N. 17th Avenue in New River. Gates open at 8 a.m. and activities run until 5 p.m. daily.

The two-day celebration features a pancake breakfast, dancing demonstrations by several tribes, arts and crafts show, raffles and much more. Admission is $3 for adults and children under 13 get in free.

For more information call 'Star Keepers' at (623) 516-0370.

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