Providence, Rhode Island - The Brown University football team has joined collegiate football teams throughout the country in sponsoring a bone marrow donor testing drive on Monday, April 26 in an effort to recruit 5,000 new bone marrow volunteers to the Be The Match registry. The drive, sponsored by Brown Football, the Brown Medical School and the RI Blood Center, will be held on the Brown campus at Andrew’s Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The drive is part of the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the National Marrow Donor Program. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the “Be The Match” Registry to find a match.
To join the registry, a person must be between the ages of 18 and 60, meet the health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Registration is simple, and involves completing a health history form and giving a swab of cheek cells. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially critical. Individuals will become a member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Be The Match Registry.
Brown football head coach Phil Estes and 85 members of the Brown football team have been creating awareness for the bone marrow donor drive on the Brown campus for the last six weeks, and encouraging university faculty, staff, students and the local community to be a part of the national movement and join the Be The Match Registry.
For thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor is their best or only hope for a cure. These patients depend on Be The Match registry to find a match – and a second chance at life.
The Be The Match registry has been fostered by Villanova’s head coach Andy Talley, who has dedicated more than 15 years to raising awareness about the need for marrow donors. He has recruited thousands of members to the registry by encouraging his football team and their friends to join – last year more than 8,000 people joined through a “Get in the Game. Save A Life” donor drive. Talley’s aim is to increase the liklihood that all patients receive life-saving transplants they need. In addition to Brown University, almost 30 college football teams are participating in the program.
Brown University Football “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” Marrow Donor Registry Drive:
Monday, Apr. 26, 2010
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(800) 283-8385 ext. 720