BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE: Football Signs up 200 to National Bone Marrow Registry

April 26, 2013
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 26, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. - Old Dominion University football and head coach Bobby Wilder helped recruit 200 people, including university students, faculty, staff, and members of the Hampton Roads community, to the National Marrow Donor Registry on Thursday.

Since starting this event four years ago, the Old Dominion football team has helped register more than 1,000 people to the bone marrow donor registry in an attempt to help save lives from life-threatening diseases nationwide.

In what has 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.

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.