April 15, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova University head football coach Andy Talley and the Wildcat football program hosted their annual bone marrow testing drive on Thursday, April 14, on campus at the Connelly Center. Talley and the Wildcats had an impressive showing with over 600 people being tested and added to the national registry. In the last two years, Villanova has tested over 1,300 people during its annual testing drive.
Now in his 19th 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 18,000 potential donors being successfully tested and entered into the registry.
Last May, Villanova wide receiver Matt Szczur donated peripheral blood cells to a young leukemia patient who only had a 1-in-80,000 chance of finding a match. Szczur joined the national Be The Match registry as a freshman at Villanova in one of the football team's annual testing drives. Szczur is one of three Villanova football players to be a match for a patient since Talley began his association with the NMDP in 1992.
Talley has partnered with the National Bone Marrow Be The Match Program to take his efforts to the national level. For the third straight year, Talley has received commitments from 30 other college football programs that will join in the screening process.
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.