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Thousands of patients nationwide with leukemia, lymphoma, other blood cancers and severe sickle cell disease depend on the Be The Match registry to find a donor for their treatment. The St. Pat’s Committee and Love Your Melon student group will host a Be The Match bone marrow registry drive 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29-Friday, Feb. 1, outside the St. Pat’s Ballroom in the Havener Center.
Matthew Shallow, a senior environmental engineering major, has donated bone marrow through the Be The Match program and shares his story.
The drive is open to individuals age 18-44. Joining the registry takes approximately 15 minutes and a cheek swab sample. The matching process is based on race and DNA, not blood type. If you’re unable to attend the drive but would like to join the registry, please visit http://join.bethematch.org/Rolla or text Rolla to 61474.