Delaware Volleyball Team Holding “Match for a Match” Bone Marrow Drive on November 10
October 4, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team will be holding a “Match for a Match” bone marrow drive prior to its match against UNCW on November 10, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Blue Hens have teamed up with the Be The Match Foundation to coordinate a bone marrow drive. During the drive, anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 is eligible to receive a cheek swab and place themselves on the National Bone Marrow Registry.
For thousands of people with life threatening diseases such as lymphoma and leukemia, bone marrow transplants from an unrelated donor are their only hope for a cure. These patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find them a match – and a second chance at life. While many people do find the match that they need, more donors are needed to help increase the likelihood patients will find a match.
To join the registry people must be between the ages of 18 and 44, meet certain health criteria, and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially critical, as patients in need of a transplant are most likely to match someone who shares their same race or ethnicity.
Testing and registration is simple and will take approximately 20 minutes per person.
There is no cost to be added to the registry. However, it costs Be The Match approximately $100 per person and the organization relies on financial gifts to help cover these costs. Contributions to the Be The Match Foundation help add more members to the National Bone Marrow Registry, giving more patients hope for a cure.
For more information on Delaware’s “Match for a Match” and to find out how to make monetary donations, please visit http://www.bluehens.com/matchforamatch/.
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.
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