The University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team
partnered with Be The Match
, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, to host a donor registration drive on Sept. 24. The team, who also signed up, was able to add 64 people to the registry in only four hours. This is the most donors ever signed up in one day at UST.
"To have the opportunity to be called to help save a life would be an honor,” said sophomore Annie Nemmer.
For more than 20 years, the National Marrow Donor Program has helped patients receive life-saving transplants. The Be The Match Foundation is dedicated to raising funds needed to help all patients get the transplant they need.
“I don’t think a lot of people realize that donating bone marrow is not like donating blood,” said Head Coach Mike Ricks
. “It’s so hard to be a match for someone, so we really need as many people to sign up as possible. The larger the pool that Be The Match has to work with, the greater the likelihood they find a donor for someone who really needs it.”
Be The Match will be back on the UST campus for the Celts’ home game against Wiley College at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Jerabeck Gym. In an effort to continue adding people to the registry and supporting the cause, all proceeds from the game will be donated to Be The Match.
For more information on Be The Match, visit the website at www.marrow.org
Top Row: Amber Arceneaux Francis, Annie Nemmer, Erin Holliday, Maghen Lormand, Taylor Mitchell, Erin Quinones