April 6, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley and the Wildcat football program will host a bone marrow testing drive on Thursday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The screening will be held in the St. David/Radnor rooms of the Connelly Center. The slogan for this year's testing will once again be "Get in the Game and Save a Life."
Now in his 18th 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 11,500 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 second straight year, Talley has received commitments from 30 other college football programs that will join in the screening process. This year's goal of the "Get in the Game and Save a Life" program is to test 5,000 people. Last year, the spring testing resulted in 8,022 people being entered into the national registry.
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.