By: Kara Duffy
November 6, 2013
Pelham, GA - For thousands of people with life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow transplant may be their best and only hope for a second chance at life.
One-by-one on Wednesday afternoon students and staff at Pelham High School registered to "Be A Match" for those in need of bone marrow.
"There are people out there that are hoping and praying with everything they've got that a match will be found and our students, I've just been so impressed with them stepping up to the plate and volunteering for this," said Principal Ben Wiggins.
Wiggins says it was his relationship with longtime friend and FSU head coach, Jimbo Fisher, that inspired him to get involved with the "Be The Match" project.
"His son was diagnosed with fanconi anemia and ever since he's had that diagnosis, I've always thought, 'What can I do? Other than pray for him, what can I do?' and this was just an opportunity to do something to actually give back," Wiggins said.
Joining the "Be The Match" registry only takes a few minutes. Students first fill out a registration form. Then, they take a quick cheek swab.
"Only one out of every 540 people listed on the registry is ever identified as a match," said Roderick Gunn with the "Be The Match" organization. "So if you're that one unique donor, who can give someone a second chance at life, I can't think of anything more cool in the world that you could do."
"It makes me feel pretty great," said Pelham High School senior, Whitney Harrell. "It's good karma I feel like."
Wiggins and his students aren't acting alone. They're teaming up with Thomasville High School to help find matches.
Thomasville High School will be hosting their registration November 7th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Then on Friday, November 8th, both teams will host a registration before the two schools face off against each other on the football field.
The final drive will be held at the Pelham High School football stadium from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information you can visit: BeTheMatch.org
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