The University of Texas Pan-American in conjunction with the United Blood Services kicked off a blood drive Jan. 23. The blood drive will be held through Jan. 27 at the UTPA Library and Student Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the blood drive, sponsored by the Office of Student Health Services, individuals can register with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) for bone marrow compatibility to help Kathy Solis from Austin who is ill with leukemia. Solis, who was preparing to attend Texas A&M University when her leukemia relapsed, now is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. In order to register with the NMDP and help Solis or others with similar conditions, you must be between 18 to 60 years of age and in good health. For more information on bone marrow donations, contact NMDP of Central and South Texas at 1-800-292-5534 or visit their Web site at www.marrow.org. Pictured left to right are Joel Solis, a UBS phlebotomist from McAllen and Bernie Villescas, UTPA senior from San Juan majoring in premed biology.