PHILADELPHIA - Last year, two Penn football players saved two lives due to the team's annual 'Be the Match' Donor Registration Drive. On Friday, the Quakers are asking for your help for the same opportunity as part of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
The 2012 Penn Football 'Be the Match' Donor Registration Drive is being held from Noon - 4 p.m., at two convenient locations on Friday - Hill House Dining Hall on 34th and Walnut Street and inside the Weiss Pavilion Atrium at Franklin Field.
Participation as a potential registry member involves a painless mouth swab at the local drive. If you join, you could save the life of an adult or child hoping to cure a life-threatening disease.
"This is an opportunity for our kids to realize how fortunate they are," said Head Coach Al Bagnoli said after the team's record-setting drive in 2010. "They're young, healthy, vibrant, and that is not always the case. I think everyone has been impacted by these illnesses in one way or another, and we will continue to do whatever it is we can to help."
The annual screening project was started by Villanova Head Football Coach Andy Talley, who has dedicated more than 15 years to raising awareness about the need for marrow donors. With “Get in the Game. Save A Life”, Talley aims to increase the likelihood that all patients receive the life-saving transplant they need. In addition to Penn, more than 25 college football programs are participating in the program this year. This is the third year the Quakers have been involved in the program.
Penn is in the midst of Spring Football season. The 2012 Spring Game is set for Sunday at 4 p.m. The game is open to the public and admission is free.
About the NMDP
The NMDP facilitates unrelated marrow and cord blood transplants as a single point of access for a long-standing collaborative network of national and international leading medical facilities in marrow and cord blood transplantation. The NMDP connects patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives. For more information call 1(800) MARROW-2 or visit www.marrow.org.