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Harvard Football Hosts Annual Bone Marrow Drive

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Crimson will hold its annual Harvard Football Bone Marrow Drive Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Annenberg Hall.

The football team works with the national "Be the Match" organization to raise awareness about bone marrow donations and promote national efforts to build the donor registry.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to have their cheek swabbed and to be added to the national bone marrow registry. There is no cost or obligation to be tested, but the simple procedure could ultimately save another person's life.

Patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant are desperately searching for donors every day. A transplant may be the best and only hope for a cure.

Be The Match Registry® is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world. Their partnerships with internationals and cooperative registries provide doctors with access to 22.5 million potential donors and 601,000 cord blood units worldwide.

For more information about Marrow Match, Be the Match, and the bone marrow drive, visit www.bethematchfoundation.org