Fighting Cancer With “Be The Match”

By Nicholas Calvino, Currier Times Staff//

The Curry football team held a “Be the Match” event looking to find people who could be matched up to fight bone cancer. Photo by Will Quinlan

Curry College hosted a “Be The Match” fundraiser outside the Student Center on Wednesday, April 12th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The fundraiser helps people of all ages with a particular kind of cancer.

“This is a non-profit organization to help find matches for people in need of bone marrow transplant,” said fundraiser coordinator, Jammie Robenhyier. “And this could also save children’s lives.”

At the event, participants conducted a swab of their mouth as volunteers took down the necessary information. This will then be tested to see if they are a potential match for stem cells and/or bone marrow for people with bone marrow cancer.

The Curry College football team helped spread the support of volunteering outside the Student Center and participated themselves. A large number of people signed up.

“146 but that wasn’t including guys from our team that registered beforehand. I don’t know how many players from the team registered, I’d estimate around 25, which would put us around 170,” said Football Coach Todd Parsons.

Only 10 percent of people actually end up being matches for the people in need, so the more volunteers that get swabbed the better. For more information on Be The Match, click here.

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