FSU Bone Marrow Drive

By: Angela Howard Email
By: Angela Howard Email


DoSomething.org, DKMS and Be The Match® asked college students to “Give a Spit” about cancer by hosting bone marrow donor registry drives on their campuses to let students know their spit could save a life. To kick off the campaign, Florida State University's FSU Marching Chiefs, Marrow Nation and Kidz1st Fund held their launch event on October 12 & 13, 2011.

They did so because 'blood cancer kills more children in the U.S. than any other disease and is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. DoSomething.org, Be The Match and DKMS want to get the word out that many blood cancer patients might be cured with a bone marrow transplant if they can find a matching donor. College students are the prime age for marrow donors, yet many are completely unaware it’s as easy as giving a “spit” to join the registry. “Give a Spit” will run nationwide through December 16. To learn more, visit www.dosomething.org/spit or text SPIT to 38383.'

Florida State University’s Marching Chiefs, Marrow Nation and Kidz1st Fund are running the donor drive in hopes of surpassing their 400 person goal by getting as many students, peers and members of the public as possible to register as new potential donors at the event. Cancer is an issue of particular importance to the involved parties as FSU Football Coach Jimbo Fisher's son, Ethan, was diagnosed with a rare disease called Fanconi Anemia. Because a marrow transplant is such a critical component of Ethan's treatment, Marrow Nation got involved offering to do marrow drives on campus beginning with this event in which they have recruited the entire FSU Football team, the FSU Women's Basketball team and now the FSU Marching Chiefs to participate.

We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.

The DKMS mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for blood cancer patients. More than 27,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow. DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with over 2.9 million registered donors. DKMS Americas is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information about DKMS and to learn more about registering as a bone marrow donor, please visit www.getswabbed.org.

Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can join the Be The Match Registry® – the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units – contribute financially and volunteer. Patients and their families can also turn to Be The Match for support and resources before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.

ABOUT MARROW NATION: Marrow Nation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the Sunshine State consisting of a dedicated group of volunteers who create Marrow Donor Registration Drives throughout the United States. The inspiration for the organization is the organizer’s grandson, Pat Pedraja, a former Do Something Award winner, who, at 10 years old was diagnosed with leukemia (A.L.L.). During his chemo treatments at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, FL., Pat became aware of a child who died because she did not receive a matching marrow or stem cell transplant. Pat then decided to drive around the US to sign up donors for the National 'Be The Match' Registry. He began his journey in 2007 with a goal to enroll 2,007 donors. After a year, he had over 6,000 donors signed! For more information, visit http://www.marrownation.org/.

ABOUT FSU MARCHING CHIEFS: The Florida State University Marching Chiefs is the largest college marching band in the world with membership comprised from almost every academic department within the University. For more information, visit http://www.marchingchiefs.fsu.edu/index.php.

ABOUT KIDZ1ST FUND: FSU Football Coach Jimbo Fisher and wife, Candi, created Kidz1stFund™ when they were told their son had a rare blood disease called Fanconi Anemia (FA). The Fishers created the fund to help their son and the many others whose lives have been changed by this disease by providing support to families affected by FA, enabling education and awareness about this disease and raising money for Fanconi Anemia research in the hopes of finding a cure. To learn more, visit http://www.kidz1stfund.com/Home.html.

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  • by Marrow Nation Location: Sunshine State on Oct 29, 2011 at 06:47 AM
    Look for us on the FSU campus soon. We'll be at the FSU vs. Miami game and the Virginia game with Kidz1st signing up new donors. We'll also be at Business Thursday's Flea Market at Oglesby Union on Nov 17th and look for us in the Homecoming Parade marching with the Burning Spear.
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