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Lindsey Wilson Football Joins Be The Match Campaign for Marrow Donors

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Knowing what it means to be a part of something special on the field, Lindsey Wilson College football student-athletes are stepping into a different role to do something special off the field: recruiting bone marrow donors.

The LWC football team is participating in the Be The Match program, a national effort to recruit bone marrow donors. LWC aims to recruit at least 200 potential new donors by the school’s April 14 spring football game. LWC’s participation is part of a national effort to register a minimum of at least 5,000 potential bone marrow donors.

Registration includes completing a health history form and giving a swab of cheek cells.

The nursing program at LWC has volunteered to assist with registration and to help pay for the 200 tests, the football team has set a goal of raising $5,000.

“I’m thrilled that the student-athletes in our football program have stepped up to the challenge and will be joining the Be The Match Registry in April,” said Lindsey Wilson football coach Chris Oliver. “They are also leading our recruiting efforts for other donors on campus. Their willingness to step up and volunteer to potentially make a life-changing impact on a person in need speaks to the character and generosity of our players. Our staff is proud of their selflessness.”

Lindsey WilsonThousands of patients with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia need a marrow or umbilical cord transplant, but they don’t have a matching donor within their family. Those patients depend on the Be The Match Registry to find someone to give them hope for a cure.

Registrants need to meet health and age guidelines and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Donors from racial and ethnic minorities are especially needed.

“Our players fit many of the characteristics that Be The Match is looking for in potential donors,” said LWC assistant coach Mike Gutelius, who is helping spearhead the LWC effort. “Once our players heard about the program, they jumped right in and began gathering potential donors that fit the characteristics required. Between our guys and the other people they get to register, we hope to make an impact. Not just by registering, but by also raising awareness about the need for more people to join and maybe save somebody’s life.”

Donations can be made to the Be The Match Foundation using the online form here or at the link below.

Be The Match expands on the efforts of Villanova University football coach Andy Talley, who began encouraging his team members to sign up as potential marrow donors 15 years ago. Since then, he’s drafted other football teams to help grow the Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest registry of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units.

For more information on the foundation, visit BeTheMatch.org or call (800) 627-7692.

 

Click Here to Make a Donation towards LWC’s Goal

 

 

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