Service and Philanthropy
The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), created in 1986, is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis , Minnesota . Its mission is to extend and improve life through innovative stem cell therapies. The Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. Initiative is dedicated to outreaching the Hispanic/Latino communities. This outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community demonstrates that the National Marrow Donor Program and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. are committed to serving our cultural diversity. By incorporating these values, the National Marrow Donor Program and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. aspire to set a standard of excellence nationwide that rewards our recipients, donors, volunteers, and communities. This Hispanic/Latino Stem Cell and Marrow Initiative focuses efforts throughout California, Colorado, and Nevada with 92 National Marrow Donor Program ® donor centers and 10 recruitment groups, and 24 Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. Chapters.
The National Marrow Donor Program ® – History
The National Marrow Donor Program ® (NMDP), created in 1986, is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that facilitates unrelated donor stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening blood diseases who do not have matching donors in their families. Currently, the NMDP ® facilitates more than 100 transplants each month. The NMDP ® provides a single point of access for all sources of blood stem cells used in transplantation: marrow, peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood. The Registry is able to search its own database and provide physicians with information on multiple stem cell sources for life-saving transplants.
Life threatening diseases such as leukemia and aplastic anemia are equal opportunity diseases. Blood diseases occur at similar rates among members of all races and ethnic groups including Hispanics/Latinos. If a patient is diagnosed with one of these life-threatening diseases and requires a blood stem cells transplant, the first chance for an identical Human Leukocyte Antigen matched stem cell or marrow is from a sibling. If no match is found, stem cells or marrow from a donor unrelated to the patient is the alternative. Because a match must be exact and the uniqueness of antigen types, the best chance for a match is from within the patients own racial or ethnic group.
Hispanic/Latino Stem Cell and Marrow Initiative
The National Marrow Donor Program ® and Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. vigorously supports campaigns and outreach initiatives to expand the pool of unrelated stem cell and marrow donors of minority heritage in order to improve the chances of minority patients finding matched unrelated donors. The Hispanic/Latino Stem Cell and Marrow Initiative is a program designed to reach out to the Hispanic/Latino communities.
Nu alpha Kappa is committed to helping our Local community we make effort to help out in anyway we can. One of the biggest ways we consistently are able to help out in is the donation of clothes to the catholic Charities of Reno Nevada.
NAK land consists of games/activities, sports, face painting, food, entertainment, egg hunts, prize give-aways, and much more. Best of all, this event is FREE and open to the public.
NAKland 2009 was the first time this event was hosted in Reno, and it was a great success. It was held for the children at Sierra Vista Elementary School where over 250 children and their families attended. They partook in games like beanbag toss, rubber duck racing, and bingo. Also facilitated sports like football, soccer, basketball, and dodge ball; two bounce houses and giant slide, and face painting for the younger children. Raffle tickets were given to each child that came to the event and prizes like Easter baskets, sports gear and even two new bicycles were given away.
NAKland 2010 was moved to the University of Nevada, Reno. Hosted right outside of the Joe Crowley Student Union, it was an ideal central location with easy accessibility and parking. The campus atmosphere also called for education advocacy. We believe it’s never too early to start thinking about college. Our egg hunts were held at Hilliard Plaza and behind the Student Union. Once again, there was plenty of club/org participation, entertainment and fun. Prizes such as Nerf Guns, dolls, sports gear and bicycles were also given away. Once again, NAKland was a great success with more than 300 children and families.
Our goal with NAKland is to get children of Reno to get more familiar with the University at a young age. Hopefully by doing this they will be less intimated of attend the university later in life. Many brothers of Nu Alpha Kappa are first generation Students from underrepresented backgrounds and understand the importance of making the University seem less intimating.
NAK has been going Mariposa Core Academy to for the past years and reading/interacting with students.