Football team to host annual bone marrow registry

Football team to host annual bone marrow registry

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The Rowan University football team will hold its third annual "Get In The Game. Save A Life. Be The Match" Registry on Tuesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the University's Chamberlain Student Center Pit.

The Rowan University football team will hold its third annual "Get In The Game. Save A Life. Be The Match" Registry on Tuesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the University's Chamberlain Student Center Pit.

"For the third consecutive year we are hosting a Be The Match Registry Drive at Rowan University," said head coach Jay Accorsi.  "The drive is part of the Get In The Game. Save A Life. program with several other collegiate football programs across the east coast."

The process is simple and will only take 15 minutes.  A cheek swab is taken for the test without using any needles or drawing blood.  At that point, you are a member of the Be The Match Registry and will be contacted by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) if you are a match.

Last year, the Profs enrolled 299 people in the registry and are looking for another great turnout.  Over 8,800 people were registered through the combined efforts of the 30 schools that participated in the event in 2010.  Rowan's goal for this year is to register over 300 people.

"Getting registered is as simple as filling out some forms, self swabbing the four sections of your mouth with a cotton swab and making the commitment to help save someone's life if you are identified as a match," stated Accorsi.  "So please, ‘Get in the Game.'"

In the spring of 2009, Rowan signed up 371 people for the registry, including defensive end Matt Hoffman (sr. Burlington, NJ/Burlington Twp.), who was selected and donated blood stem cells on November 16.  Hoffman was chosen as a donor to help cure a 58 year-old man suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Today, the man, Warren Sallach of Brenham, TX is cancer free.  Hoffman got the chance to meet Sallach and his family at the Gagliardi Trophy Presentation in Salem, VA this past December.

Every year, over 10,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases like leukemia or lymphoma.  Their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated adult donor or umbilical cord blood unit.

The NMDP has facilitated over 43,000 marrow and cord blood transplants.  For additional information go to the website: www.marrow.org.

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