April 11, 2018
PITTSBURGH - The Duquesne football program is set to hold its annual "Be the Match" registry drive across campus next week as part of the National Marrow Donor Program.
DU student-athletes from a number of teams will be assisting with the registration of donors which will take place next Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at several locations on campus, including the football locker room in Keller Fieldhouse just off Rooney Field, the fifth floor of the Student Union near Chik-Fil-A, the Reverend Sean Hogan Dining Center in Towers Hall, the St. Ann Hall lobby and the Mellon Hall patio.
The first 250 donors on Wednesday will receive a $5 Moe's gift card. In addition, there will be free Moe's from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Rooney Field for all those who register.
The Dukes were recently honored at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in January by the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation for being the nation's top recruiter for the "Be the Match" registry drive in 2017 by the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation. Duquesne signed up 777 new members last year, more than any other football program in the country.
The 777 new members in 2017 represented a new record for the Dukes, besting the previous record of 545 students and staff members in 2016.
Since the inception of the event in 2010, the football program, with the assistance of other Duquesne athletic teams, has registered a total of 3,129 people with 79 participants who have potentially matched, including 11 individuals who have served as donors.
Every year over 14,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia or other life-threatening diseases like sickle cell anemia, and for many patients, a marrow transplant is their only hope for a cure. Of these patients, 70% do not have a donor in their family and count on the Be the Match registry.
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