April 14, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore and the Crusader football program will host a bone marrow testing drive on Friday, April 24. The screening will be held in the Upper Kimball Dining Hall on the Holy Cross campus from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Holy Cross and a number of other collegiate football programs are teaming with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) in their effort to recruit 5,000 new members to the marrow registry. The slogan for this year's testing is "Get in the Game and Save a Life."
Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the NMDP 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.
There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially critical as patients in need of a transplant are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity.