WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team will be partnering with Be The Match to sponsor a bone marrow registry drive on Wednesday, April 26. The drive, which is open to the public, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Nolan Hall of Georgetown’s Thompson Center.
“We are extremely excited to team with Be The Match and the Georgetown community to host this drive,” Georgetown Defensive Coordinator Kevin Doherty said. “Registering is very simple and we have the unique opportunity to truly save a life. This is our first time running this drive, but our goal is to register at least 250 potential donors.”
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 44, 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 Be The Match registry. If you match, most donations are done through an automated blood donation – no surgery needed.
The Be The Match registry has been fostered by former Villanova head coach Andy Talley, who has dedicated more than 19 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. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match registry to find a match and Talley's aim is to increase the likelihood that all patients receive the life-saving transplants they need.