SATURDAY, 11/10 – 5:30 -7:00 p.m. @ Bob Carpenter Center
For specific info regarding: Greek Life Students Bone Marrow Drive Information Why Get Swabbed?
The Blue Hen’s Volleyball team is teaming up with the Be The Match foundation. Become a part of the National Bone Marrow Registry during the team’s “Match for a Match” bone marrow drive prior to the Volleyball match vs. UNCW.
- Fan Appreciation Night- purchase discounted $5 tickets to the match on gameday.
- Admission is free for all UD students with a valid UD student ID.
- Get your cheek swabbed and receive a FREE ticket to the Men’s Basketball game vs. Rider on December 31 at 2 p.m.
- Not able or willing to be tested? Consider making a monetary donation to the Be The Match - click here to donate.
For Greek Life Students:
All Greek Life Students will receive 2 of their mandatory service hours by getting their cheek swabbed and will also count towards your organization’s CAP points.
For Bone Marrow Drive Information:
IF YOU’RE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 44 – PATIENTS NEED YOU
- By joining the registry, you are saying you are willing to donate to any patient in need.
- The cheek swab you give is only used to add you to the registry; it is not a donation for a patient.
- You will be listed on the registry until you are 61, unless you inform Be The Match that you would like to remove yourself for any reason.
If You Match A Patient:
- You will be willing to give a blood sample for further testing.
- The total time commitment for phone calls, appointments, testing and actual donation is up to 30 to 40 hours over a 4 to 6 week period, Be The Match picks up ALL costs.
- 70% of the time you may be asked to donate peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), you will receive injections of a drug to increase the number of blood forming cells in my bloodstream. Blood is removed from one arm and passed through an aphaeresis machine that filters off a small number of blood cells. The remaining blood is returned into the other arm. Very similar to donating platelets or plasma.
- 25% of the time you may be asked to donate marrow, anesthesia will be used. Stem cells are collected using a special needle and are extracted from the hip bone and NOT the spine. The liquid marrow will replenish itself within a few weeks.
- Most donors are back to their normal activity in a few days.
Why Get Swabbed?:
10,000 people each year are dependent on donors to cure their life threatening diseases. Giving a simple cheek swab could mean a second chance for someone needing a bone marrow transplant. Robin Roberts from “Good Morning America” is one of the thousands that undergo a bone marrow transplant each year. To learn more about the importance of donors, watch this video.
Be The Match relies on our support to collect contributions from people like us so that it can further its mission. Proceeds will help add more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry. We hope you'll consider making a contribution today. Together we can help save lives!
If you have any questions regarding the bone marrow drive or how to donate, please contact Lauren Baker at email@example.com or 302-831-6313.