April 21, 2014

Football Team To Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive On April 24

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore and the Crusader football program will host their sixth annual bone marrow registry drive on Thursday, April 24. The screening will be held in the Upper Kimball Dining Hall on the Holy Cross campus from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Holy Cross and a number of other collegiate football programs are teaming with the Be The Match program in their effort to recruit new members to the marrow registry. The slogan for this year's testing will once again be "Get in the Game and Save a Life."

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match. Through the Holy Cross bone marrow testing drive, area residents, faculty, staff and students can join the registry. It is a simple process that requires limited paperwork and a painless swab of the inside of the registrant's cheek.

Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, a non-profit organization that's dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world, and partnerships with international and cooperative registries provide doctors with access to 22.5 million potential donors and 601,000 cord blood units worldwide.

Seventy percent of all patients who need a transplant do not have a matched donor in their family. A patient's likelihood of finding a matching donor on the Be The Match Registry is estimated to range from 76 to97 percent, depending on race and ethnicity. The donor and cord blood registries can only continue to grow if people sign up to become a member of the registry.