Football Team To Host Bone Marrow Registry Drive On April 20
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore and the Crusader football program will host their ninth annual bone marrow registry drive on Thursday, April 20. The screening will be held from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at two locations on the Holy Cross campus: in the Kimball Dining Hall and in the Hogan Campus Center.
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. 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.
Holy Cross has been among the national leaders in adding new individuals to the Be The Match Registry. Over the last eight years, 2,234 potential donors have been added to the registry by Holy Cross, with 10 of them going on to have transplants performed.
Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world, including nearly 13.5 million selfless volunteers who stand ready to be a life-saving bone marrow donor and more than 225,000 cord blood units listed on the registry.
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 to 97 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. For more information, visit bethematch.org.
The Crusaders will look to contend for the Patriot League championship in 2017 with the return of 12 starters. Holy Cross is set to play five games at Fitton Field this fall, beginning with the home opener against New Hampshire on Sept. 16. Other key home dates will come against Lafayette (Sept. 30), Monmouth (Oct. 7), Colgate (Oct. 21) and Georgetown (Oct. 28).
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