Football team to hold 'Be the Match' Registry on April 23
The Rowan University football team will hold its sixth annual Get In The Game. Save A Life. Be The Match Registry on Wednesday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the University’s Chamberlain Student Center Pit.
“It is an honor for our team to join the other 31 schools participating in this program through The Andy Tally Bone Marrow Foundation,” said head coach Jay Accorsi. “If our efforts can help save one life then everything that we do is worth while.”
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 493 people in the registry and are looking to top the 550 mark this year. The football team has registered a total of 1,728 individuals since it joined the program in 2009.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match, operated by the NMDP, has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. They work every day to save lives through transplant.
“Everybody knows someone who has been affected by these dreaded diseases,” stated Accorsi. “We know that the Rowan community will come out and support our effort.”
The event will be covered live by Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM and online at wgls.rowan.edu.
For more information about the Andy Tally Bone Marrow Foundation go to: www.tallybonemarrow.org and for more information about Be The Match and the National Marrow Donor Program go to: www.bethematch.org.