VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova University football program will host their annual “Get In The Game, Save A Life" bone marrow testing drive on Wednesday, April 19, on campus in the Jake Nevin Field House. The testing drive is open to the public (ages 18 to 44) and it will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After filling out the proper paperwork, the interested participant will be subjected to a cheek swab that adds your tissue type to a registry for a possible marrow match for a needy patient.
The “Get In The Game, Save A Life (GITG)” program was started by former Villanova head coach and current Head Coach Emeritus Andy Talley. Now in his 25th 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. Talley has partnered with Be The Match to take his efforts to the national level. Talley has received commitments from 78 other college football programs that will join in the “Get In The Game, Save A Life,” program and run testing drives at their respective campuses.
Since 2008, GITG registry drives have been responsible for adding over 71,000 potential donors. More importantly, there have been almost 306 transplants that have occurred with GITG donors. Because of our GITG program, 278 patients have been given a second chance at life they and their families desperately hoped for.
In addition to the efforts made with the GITG program, the foundation also spends time hosting fundraising events to help support the expense of registering approximately 10,000 new donors each year.
Villanova had an impressive showing at last year's drive with over 500 people being tested and added to the Be The Match Registry. In the last six years, Villanova has tested nearly 4,000 people during its annual testing drive.
For more information on the bone marrow testing program, go to the www.andytalleybonemarrow.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.