BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- The Moravian College football team held its 8th Annual Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive on Tuesday in Johnston Hall, and the Greyhounds signed up 115 people this year.
The Moravian football squad has joined Villanova University Head Football Coach Andy Talley and Be The Match® for the eighth consecutive spring to help save lives by recruiting potential marrow donors. The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation has had the support of 78 football programs around the country and added over 71,000 donors and accounted for 363 transplants. https://www.talleybonemarrow.org/
Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer. More than 14,000 patients don't have a matching marrow donor within their family. They depend on Be The Match to help find someone to give them hope for a cure.
The Get in the Game. Save A Life. Program raises awareness of this need and invites students, faculty, staff and the community to join the Be The Match Registry. To sign up as a committed registry member, people need to meet age and health guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Registration involves completing a health history form and giving a swab of cheek cells. Those of diverse racial or ethnic heritage are especially needed. Donors and patients who share the same ancestry are mostly likely to match.
This is a ten-minute process that includes filling out a medical history form and a painless cotton swabbing of the cheek. Moravian has had at least six people that have registered at previous registration drive been selected as matches and going through the process to donate bone marrow.
Since starting the drive in 2010, Moravian has brought 1,530 people into the registration process with 877 becoming part of the full registry program, a number that will increase after the 115 from 2017's drive are fully vetted by the Be The Match organization. The Greyhounds have 36 potential matches out of that group with four going through with the full donation process. The national average is 1 in 430 people being a donor while Moravian's average is at 1 in 220.
To view a photo gallery from the registration drive, visit http://moraviansports.com/general/2016-17/photos/0005/index.