DePaul Athletics Hosts Donor Registration Drive This Week
Oct. 10, 2011
CHICAGO – The DePaul athletics department in conjunction with Be The Match is hosting a bone marrow donor drive this week at the DePaul Student Center on the Lincoln Park campus. DePaul students and community members are encouraged to register starting today through Thursday.
Be The Match offers the opportunity to give a life-saving marrow transplant to someone in need. The Be The Match Registry is the largest and most diverse registry in the world with nine million people registered. Seventy percent of patients needing a marrow transplant don’t have a matching donor in their family. The donor registry fills that void to save a life.
DePaul athletics staff members and the Be The Match staff will be available at the DePaul Student Center for people to take 10 minutes and register on Monday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Tuesday (9 a.m. – Noon), Wednesday (Noon – 3 p.m.) and Thursday (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).
"I am deeply touched that our athletic department has taken a leadership role in the bone marrow registry," said director of athletics development Thad Dohrn. "Fifteen years ago a volunteer matched and gave my father hope that he could have a chance to live. To that person, I will always be indebted."
Dohrn’s father, William, had a bone marrow transplant in 1996. The high school educator and basketball coach from Aplington, Iowa unfortunately he passed away later at age 48 from complications.
"Ultimately he passed away, but that chance to live was precious,” said Thad.
For more information on the Be The Match Registry, go to www.bethematch.org.