Lafayette Football Set to Host Bone Marrow Testing Drive on April 16

Go Leopards! Lafayette football hosts a bone marrow testing drive during the annual spring game.
Lafayette football hosts a bone marrow testing drive during the annual spring game.

April 7, 2010

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette head football coach Frank Tavani and the Leopard football program will host a bone marrow testing drive on Friday, April 16 prior to and during the program's annual Maroon vs. White Spring Game.

It is a simple process that requires limited paperwork and a painless swab of the inside of the registrant's cheek. The screening will be held on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on the plaza outside of Kirby Sports Center in the Fisher Stadium Complex from 4-7 p.m.

One of our own employees, public safety officer Lance Wheeler's daughter Makaeya, was recently diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. The family is hoping for as many people as possible to join the registry tomorrow to increase her chances of finding a match. She will need a bone marrow transplant within the next few days.

Lafayette has teamed with Villanova University, its head football coach Andy Talley, The HLA Registry which is a division of Community Blood Services and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) in their effort to recruit 10,000 new members to the marrow registry. Lafayette is one of 30 colleges spanning nine states in the screening process which targets potential donors from ages 18 to 60.

"I was very pleased with the outcome from last year's event," Tavani said. "We are hoping to get an even bigger turnout this year with two opportunities to help save a life, on the Quad and during the game. We hope to see the members of College Hill and Easton come out and join the effort."

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the NMDP Registry to find a match. Through the "Get in the Game. Save A Life" program, college faculty, staff and students and area residents can join the registry.

There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially critical as patients in need of a transplant are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity.



For more information on the bone marrow testing program, contact the Lafayette football office at 610-330-5485.
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