Marian University men’s lacrosse is set to take on North Central (Ill.) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 from Smith Field for a fall exhibition, but the Sabres will also be hosting an event in support of Be The Match.
Be The Match is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping patients receive life-saving transplants for various blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. Operated under the direction of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), Be the Match has been in existence for over 30 years and has maintained the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the entire world.
Within their first year of existence back in 1987, the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, later renamed Be The Match, 10,000 people signed up to join the bone marrow registry. Later that year, they would conduct their first transplant with the program taking off worldwide shortly after.
To date, Be The Match has expanded their reach by investing in medical research along with their continual diversification of the bone marrow registry. Be The Match has facilitated more than 86,000 marrow and cord blood transplants, averaging to approximately 6,100 transplants per year to give patients hope for the future. As the recognized leader in unrelated marrow transplantation, Be The Match continues to develop services and interactive technologies used by transplant experts around the world to reach more patients.
The Marian University men’s lacrosse program will give fans in attendance an opportunity to join the bone marrow registry throughout the day at Smith Field. If you would like to join the bone marrow registry but are unable to attend the Marian University men’s lacrosse game Saturday, please visit https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/. For more information on Be The Match, please visit https://bethematch.org/.