COD Partners with Be The Match to Help Battle Blood Cancer

Be The Match

By Jordyn Holliday

College of DuPage is hosting the COD Heroes Drive to encourage community members to join Be The Match’s bone marrow registry.

The drive event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the Health and Science Center Atrium, and on Wednesday, April 17, in the Student Services Center, both on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus.

For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening blood cancers, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant is often the best opportunity for a cure. Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, manages the largest marrow registry in the world.

COD Biology Professor Julie Gibbs, who organized the COD Heroes Drive, said the goal is to add as many new members as possible while also diversifying the donor registry to improve outcomes for a wider variety of demographic groups. Participants can register at either of the drive events or text CODHERO to 61474. The preferred donor age range is 18 to 44.

After signing up, members will receive a cheek swab kit in the mail to be completed and returned. Registrants who are identified as possible bone marrow matches for patients will be contacted by Be The Match. View this video to learn more.

Gibbs said participation is an opportunity to help save the lives of others.

“When you hear sad stories about people who battle these illnesses, you want to do something,” she said. “This event provides hope for someone else.”

Drive participants also will be entered for a chance to win prizes. For more information on the COD Heroes Drive, contact Gibbs at gibbsj@cod.edu and learn more about Be The Match.

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