Ladyjacks Hold "Be The Match" Drive
Oct. 1, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball team concluded their “Be The Match” Drive Tuesday afternoon in the center of the SFA campus.
The bone marrow drive was held over the course of two days, beginning Monday morning. The women’s basketball team was assisted by the Ladyjack tennis team in the initiative.
Over 280 students registered over the span, which is the largest for “Be The Match” in that time frame.
The “Be The Match” drive is the second the Ladyjacks have put on in as many years, and second drive done by a SFA team or organization in 2013.
Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.
Be The Match Registry has grown to more than 10.5 million donors and nearly 185,000 umbilical cord blood units, the largest and most racially and ethnically diverse registry of its kind in the world.
Women’s basketball also visited Raguet Elementary and GODTEL Ministries back in early September.