Undergraduates at Oregon State University held a donor drive on their campus in Corvallis last month:
More than 120 students joined the National Bone Marrow Registry with the easy, quick, painless, no-cost act of sitting down at a table on the quad and getting their cheeks swabbed.
That simple act may have amazing reverberations — any time in the next 20 years that someone gets sick with blood cancer, an OSU student will be checked to see if their blood markers match. If and when these students’ swabs match up, they can give the gift of life to someone in desperate need.
If you watch the video above, you’ll notice that OSU students are challenging other campuses across the nation to do better, to top OSU in its donor count. Has your school organized a bone marrow donor drive yet? If not, check out the Be The Match on Campus website, which has all the links and resources you need to set up a donor drive on campus. You can do it — and it works! Check out these amazing stats. Through the new Be The Match on Campus program, college students have:
- raised $53,063 to support the National Bone Marrow Registry
- added 4,111 new people to the registry as potential donors
- generated 86 actual bone marrow donations already!
Add your energy to this wave of generosity. Give of yourself. Help others learn about the gift of a bone marrow match for people suffering from blood cancers. Grab a friend, head online, and get a Be The Match on Campus chapter started at your college or university today.