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Football Registers Over 250 People To The National Marrow Donor Registry

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 23, 2009
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April 23, 2009

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NORFOLK, Va. -- Head coach Bobby Wilder and the Old Dominion University football team helped recruit over 250 people, including university students, faculty, staff, and members of the Hampton Roads community, to the National Marrow Donor Registry on Wednesday.

"I'm proud to say our team registered 256 people yesterday at Old Dominion," said Wilder. "The more people in the world wide registry, the better chance for a match."

There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match.

In what will become an annual event for the Monarchs, Wilder and his team are looking to help the more than 6,000 men, women and children who are searching the National Marrow Registry for a life-saving donor. These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure.

For more information on the National Marrow Donor Registry and how you can save a life, visit www.marrow.org.

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