CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard football team will hold its annual Harvard Football Bone Marrow Drive this Friday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Annenberg Hall.
The football team invites individuals to stop by Annenberg Hall to have their cheek swabbed to be added to the national bone marrow registry. There is no cost or obligation to be tested, but the simple procedure could ultimately end up saving another person's life.
Harvard had its first successful pairing this past year. Frank Mace, a junior in Mather House, had gone through the process in 2011 and found out this past summer that he was a match for a middle-aged man, who was suffering from multiple myeloma.
"It was really a no brainer," Mace told GoCrimson.com of his decision to donate. "The program makes it extremely easy. The people at the National Marrow Donor Program are extremely professional, and I was just grateful for the opportunity to help somebody."
On any given day, more than 6,000 men, women and children are searching the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry for a life-saving donor. The test is a simple cheek swab. No blood or needles are involved, and it should take no more than 15 minutes for each person to register and be tested.
These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure.
Remember that the next person in need of a transplant could be you or a member of your family or a friend. Please consider joining us for this worthy event.