- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Top leaders of North Carolina’s three branches of government are getting behind an effort to fight blood-related cancers and disorders.

The Legislative Building in Raleigh is the site for Wednesday’s all-day bone marrow donor registration drive. Members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches were expected to attend a morning kickoff event.

Participants in the drive are between the ages of 18 and 55. They fill out a form and get the insides of their mouths swabbed before entry into a national registry. A registrant could one day be asked to donate marrow or blood cells that could help someone with cancer.

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox of Orange County has recently made public his bone marrow disorder and raised awareness about increasing marrow matches through registry drives.

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