Oct. 12, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston women's basketball team recently coordinated a bone marrow donor drive on campus through the Be The Match Foundation.
The women's basketball squad, along with softball student-athletes Kendra Cullum, Kayla Holland and Sydney Gerbracht, set up at various locations on campus to education students on the importance of donating as well the process, which helped generate more than 250 potential donors.
"There are a lot myths as far as donating bone marrow that cause people to shy away from it, but there are other methods and it can be as easy as giving blood," sophomore forward Terran Alford said. "I had always been afraid of it, but I actually registered myself once I learned more because it's easy to donate and it's such a vital cause."
Every year, 10,000 patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor, but only half receive one because of the need for more donors. Be the Match Foundation has been helping patients receive these live-saving transplants for more than 20 years.
To find out more information on how to donate, visit Be The Match.