April 12, 2011

Brown Football Hosts “Be The Match” Bone Marrow Donor Testing Drive on Tuesday, April 19

Providence, Rhode Island – For the second straight year, the Brown University football team will join collegiate football teams throughout the country in sponsoring a bone marrow donor testing drive on Tuesday, April 19 in an effort to recruit 5,000 new bone marrow volunteers to the Be The Match registry.  The drive is held on the Brown main campus green at Sayles Hall, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The drive is open to the public and sponsored by Brown Football, the Rhode Island Blood Center, and the Brown Medical School.

Last year's Bone Marrow Testing Drive signed up nearly 350 potential donors.  Brown coach Phil Estes and the entire Brown football team and coaching staff will be out in force to exceed last year's inaugural effort. The Bears' football team has been creating awareness for the bone marrow donor drive on the Brown campus for the last month, 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.

All are welcome to sign up for this critical drive that 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.

Registration is simple, and involves completing a health history form and giving a swab of cheek cells. 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.  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. If you match, most donations are done through an automated blood donation – no surgery needed.

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 the 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 16 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 likelihood that all patients receive life-saving transplants they need.  In addition to Brown University, more than 30 college football teams are participating in the program.

 

Brown University Football "Get in the Game. Save a Life." Marrow Donor Registry Drive:

Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2011

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sayles Hall

Main Campus Green

Brown University

401-248-5720/marrow@ribc.org