On Wednesday, December 4th, the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity hosted a bone marrow drive at Washington College in hopes of finding the cure for those suffering from blood cancer and other diseases. In conjunction with the Icla da Silva Foundation and Rock The Registry, the Fraternity sponsored the event that resulted in over 100 students registering for the National Marrow Donor Program.
Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma. A bone marrow donation could save someone suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplasia, multiple myeloma, myelofibrosis, aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia, and immune-deficiency disorders.
Registering for the National Marrow Donor Program (or Be The Match) only takes a few cotton swabs, and is free for those ages 18-44 years old thanks to fundraising efforts. Those who were unable to participate in the drive today but wish to register can do so online at RockTheRegistry.org.