LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell football team will sponsor a "Be the Match" bone marrow registry drive on Monday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center's Center Room on the Bucknell campus. 

This will be the sixth bone marrow registry drive sponsored by the Bison football team. Designed to evaluate possible bone marrow donors for blood illness victims, it is a non-invasive procedure involving only a cheek swab. 

The event will help recruit new members for the bone marrow registry. Bucknell faculty, staff and students, as well as area residents, can join the marrow registry and become a potential donor. There is no commitment by the registrants. If a registrant is deemed a match for someone suffering from Leukemia or another life-threatening disease, they will be approached as a potential bone marrow donor.

“We consider it a privilege to be able to sponsor a Be the Match bone marrow registry drive,” said head coach Joe Susan. “It provides the young men and women on our campus an opportunity to potentially save a life, and we hope many people come out and register on Monday.”

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the National Marrow Donor Program Registry to find a match for a potential life-saving transplant. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially critical because patients in need of a transplant are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity.

The NMDP and its Be The Match Foundation are non-profit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. For more information, please visit BeTheMatch.org.