Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) sponsored a Be The Match bone marrow earlier this month in the lobby of the Ferris Athletic Center in an effort to raise awareness and find potential matches for life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. More than 50 attendees took a simple blood test to potentially get on the Registry and save someone's life.
"We were told 10 attendees would have been a successful event and we were fortunate to have more than five times that amount," said Trinity SAAC member and women's basketball co-captain Kaitlin Lewis '17. "It was an extremely successful day and the student-athletes really came together to make it happen. There are people within the athletic community here at Trinity who have personal connections to this cause, so I know this was something that meant a lot to them."
For people with life-threatening blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Be The Match is the answer. The organization connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Be the Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during, and after the transplant. Be the Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals, and conducts research so more lives can be saved.