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press release April 30
GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University football team registered 493 people at its fifth annual Get In The Game. Save A Life. Be The Match Registry on Wednesday, April 24. The event was held in the University’s Chamberlain Student Center.
Rowan collected 255 and 310 people in 2012 and 2011 respectively. Since the University started the registry, over 1,700 people have enrolled. Rowan is one of 34 colleges across the nation that participates in the process. As of today, seven schools have held their registries with 2,113 people volunteering.
More than 52,000 new potential donors on average join the Be The Match Registry each month and approximately 626,000 new potential donors registered last year.
In the spring of 2009, Rowan signed up 371 people for the registry, including defensive end Matt Hoffman, who was selected and donated blood stem cells on November 16. Hoffman was chosen as a donor to help cure a 58 year-old man suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Every year thousands of patients in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases like leukemia or lymphoma. Their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated adult donor or umbilical cord blood unit. The NMDP has facilitated over 55,000 marrow and cord blood transplants. For additional information go to the website: www.marrow.org.