April 5, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley and the Wildcat football program will host their annual bone marrow testing drive on Tuesday, April 9, on campus at the Connelly Center. The testing drive is open to the public and it will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Talley and the Wildcats had an impressive showing at last year's drive with over 700 people being tested and added to the national registry. In the last three years, Villanova has tested over 2,000 people during its annual testing drive.
Now in his 21st year of association with the bone marrow donor program, Talley continues to hold testing drives to get people tested and typed into the national registry. Since 1992, Talley's efforts have resulted in over 21,000 potential donors being successfully tested and entered into the registry.
Talley has partnered with the National Bone Marrow Be The Match Program to take his efforts to the national level. For the fifth straight year, Talley has received commitments from 34 other college football programs that will join in the screening process, including Yale, Miami (Fla), Virginia, Rhode Island, Bowling Green and Penn.
There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match.
For more information on the bone marrow testing program, contact the Villanova football office at 610-519-4105.