Football team to host bone marrow registry drive

Lauren Whelan, Sports Editor

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“We work to make a difference,” head football coach Joe Susan said.

The football team will truly be making a difference in its upcoming Marrow Donor Registry Drive, which will take place on April 4 in the Center Room of the ELC from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event was inspired by past registry drives sponsored by the football team, the most recent of which took place four years ago. Each person only needs to register once, so holding the drive every four years is effective, as new classes move through the University every few years.

Posters for the event read, “Get in the Game. Save a Life,” as they advertise the drive and the connection with Be the Match, a national bone marrow registry. Anyone who participates in the drive will be placed in the registry, which does not require an absolute commitment to donate if a match is made. If someone is chosen as the best match for a patient, the individual has a choice to be a potential donor. The registration is completed with a simple swab inside of the cheek, a completely non-invasive procedure that makes the registration process quick and easy.

“This event will enable all of our players to register. It will also enable them to encourage their peers, professors, and friends to register as well,” Susan said. “We work to teach our players to appreciate the many things that they have and to understand the needs of others.”

With the support of many members of the community, the football team has the ability to make a difference. 

 

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