April 18, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
"Be The Match Donor Program" - VIDEO
The Providence College men's and women's soccer teams will be hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Registry event on Thursday, April 19, on the Slavin Lawn at Providence College from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the event, participants will register on the "Be the Match: National Marrow Donor Program" list and have their cheeks swabbed to determine their compatibility.
The "Be the Match: National Marrow Donor Program" has more than 9.5 million donors and assists with nearly 5,500 transplants every year. For more information about the National Marrow Donor Program, visit www.marrow.org.
In 2007, David Schaller, brother of Providence College junior Tim Schaller (Merrimack, N.H.) of the men's ice hockey team, learned that he had aplastic anemia. This condition stops the production of white blood cells, and required a blood marrow transplant. Tim donated blood marrow to David, and David has since made a complete recovery.
"Dave is by far my best friend and I couldn't have been happier that I was the one to make the bone marrow donation," Tim Schaller said.