April 24, 2013
The University of Minnesota football team will be hosting a Be the Match drive next Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 at the Bierman Field Athletic Building (516 15th Avenue SE, Mpls. MN 55455). The drive on Monday will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., while the drive on Tuesday will be from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program and helps patients receive life-saving transplants. They are dedicated to raising awareness and funds needed to help all patients get the transplant they need.
The registration process is quick, simple and painless. Potential marrow donors simply need to complete a registration form with contact information, health information and sign an agreement to join the Be The Match registry. Those who will be registering are encouraged to bring personal identification (such as a driver's license or passport) and contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes.
After the paperwork is complete, all potential donors have to do is have the inside of their cheek swabbed. Once complete, their information will be stored in the Be The Match registry. This is the national registry where doctors turn to when their patient needs a marrow transplant and there is not a known matching donor in the family.
Be The Match focuses on finding potential donors ages 18-44, so it is critical that they register as many college students as possible. Their research shows that younger donors are best for patients because they provide the greatest chance for transplant success. Donors between the ages of 18 and 44 are asked to donate more than 90% of the time.