Be The Match is an organization that connects patients with a donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transport. On Thursday, May 5, the Middlebury football team is running a Be The Match Registry Drive, recruiting potential marrow donors. The event will occur from noon to 6 p.m. in the white tent outside of McCullough.
“You have the ability to save someone's life directly and it's an easy procedure,” Cole Brown ’22.5 told The Campus. “It goes a long way.”
To join the registry, participants must give a swab of the cheek cells, meet age and health requirements and complete a health history form. Individuals can also help the cure by becoming a volunteer or financial contributor.
This is the first year the football team is hosting a Be The Match Registry Drive. So far, the team has already completed a lot of internal swabbing as a first step to help the 12,000 or more patients each year who don’t have a matching marrow donor within their family.
Those who can't make the event in-person can join the registry by completing a swab kit at another time. Registrations for this procedure can be completed at my.bethematch.org/MiddleburySaves.
Blaise Siefer ‘23.5 is a sports staff writer.
Siefer is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Spanish.
For three semesters in 2021 and 2022, Siefer served as Senior Sports Editor. He also co-founded a Middlebury sports recap podcast, PFL Weekly, which is released on all major streaming platforms every Tuesday.
Siefer is also the Co-Founder and Co-President of Middlebury Club Soccer.