April 12, 2013
Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley and the Wildcat football program hosted their annual bone marrow testing drive on Tuesday, April 9, on campus at the Connelly Center. Talley and the Wildcats had an impressive showing with 535 people being tested and added to the national registry. In the last three years, Villanova has tested over 2,300 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 nearly 30,000 potential donors being successfully tested and entered into the registry.
Talley has partnered with the National Bone Marrow Be The Match Foundation to take his efforts to the national level. For the fourth straight year, Talley has received commitments from 37 college football programs to form the Get In The Game And Save A Life Program. Each school involved with this program held a testing drive this past spring, and combined the schools added 9,154 new donors to the list. Below is a listing of all the schools involved with Get In The Game And Save A Life. In the past four years, this group is responsible for registering over 35,000 donors to the national registry.
In 2012, more than 14,000 U.S and international searches of the Be The Match Registry were conducted on behalf of patients seeking a matching donor or cord blood unit. More than 5,800 patients went on to receive a transplant.
For more information on the bone marrow testing program, contact the Villanova football office at 610-519-4105.
SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN GET IN A GAME AND SAVE A LIFE: