The University of Colorado, Boulder’s football team hosted their 5th annual bone marrow drive.
The team held a bone marrow drive for Be The Match organization. Marrow is soft tissue in bones that produce blood-forming cells, which can mature into fully fledged red blood cells and is responsible for maintaining your body’s immune system. The CU football team is recruiting students to join, give, and volunteer to find a match and possible save a life.
“We do a lot of community events, but this is one of our biggest ones,” said McIntyre.
All it takes is filling out a form with basic information and swabbing the inside of a mouth. Then that information remains in the organization’s registry and the individual can be contacted until age 61. Unfortunately, the likelihood of being a match is slim nevertheless, it is worth the time as our very own head football coach Mcintyre turned out to be a match for a patient himself. With approximately 300-500 students signing up each year, the football team has found a way to give back to the community.
Approximately 70 percent of all patients in need of a bone marrow transplant must find a matching donor outside of their family. A second chance at life is easily achieved by a simple match. Find a local marrow registry drive here.