NORTH SACRAMENTO – Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD), in partnership with local educators, is hosting a health and wellness fair on Thursday, September 18.

This free event will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Grant Unified High School, West Campus Gym, located at 1221 South Avenue. The health and wellness fair is open to all TRUSD families. There will be entertainment, food and information from 30 vendors with fabulous raffle prizes. Grant’s award winning drumline will make a special appearance.

In addition to the health fair, TRUSD will join with BloodSource and Be The Match to host a Bone Marrow Donor Drive on Friday, September 19. The Bone Marrow Drive will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Rio Linda Knights vs. Foothill Mustangs football game at Rio Linda High School’s football stadium, located at 6309 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda.

The drive will benefit patients suffering from various blood cancers and diseases who are in need of bone marrow transplants. The event is being held to raise awareness about the critical need for more Latinos and African Americans to volunteer as potential donors. A bone marrow match is more likely to be found within the same ethnic group. Only 10 percent of people in the Be The Match Registry are Latino; 7 percent are African American.

This is the second marrow drive in the district this month. The first took place Sept. 5 during the Grant vs. Central football game in Del Paso Heights, where 25 people were added to the Be The Match Registry in a show of support for Central’s coach, Justin Garza, who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

For more about BloodSource/Be The Match, contact Liz Ustick at (916) 416-5942.