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Football to Host Sixth Annual Bone Marrow Drive

April 24, 2014

EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette College football program is set to host its sixth annual bone marrow testing drive tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A tent will be set up in the quad, across from the main entrance of Farinon.

To register, simply bring your driver’s license and fill out a limited amount of paperwork, the test is merely a painless swab on the inside of the mouth. The National Marrow Donor Program aims to find matches for thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. The “Get in the Game. Save a Life” program has opened the door for college employees and students, as well as area residents, to join the registry.

With over 21 million people in the world registered as potential donors, only about 250 matches are found each year for a 1-in-80,000 chance of a registered donor finding a match with a need. Donors with divers racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially critical because patients in need 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.