By Aaron Smith
Catamounts Against Cancer have powered up with the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match Registry to give Potomac State College students a chance to save lives at the club’s upcoming Mini Relay For Life on Oct. 20.
Taking place from 6-10 p.m., the Mini Relay For Life will have the Be The Match Registry onsite at the PSC Quad to swab participants, who will then be notified if they are a bone marrow match for patients with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle-cell and other diseases.
According to the Be The Match program, participants receive a quick and painless cheek swab so that a sample of cells can be obtained. This is then added to their registry and compared for protein markers of patients who need bone marrow transplants.
The program also notes that doctors most often request bone marrow from donors aged 18-44. The Catamounts Against Cancer’s donor registry drive targets the registry’s ideal age group, making this a wonderful opportunity to truly bring change to those in need.
Those who join the registry are listed until their 61st birthday, unless they ask to be removed. According to Be The Match, 1 in 430 members on the registry will make a donation to a patient in need.
Last year the Catamounts Against Cancer’s Mini Relay For Life and Be The Match were nearly able to match a PSC student donor with a patient in need.
The Catamounts Against Cancer’s Relay will also have fun activities for students to enjoy while supporting a good cause.
All proceeds from the Mini Relay For Life will benefit the American Cancer Society through the main Relay For Life in Mineral County.
The Catamounts Against Cancer’s event will feature live music, on-campus games, a 50-foot video game bus and a luminary ceremony.
Students can also discover other clubs around campus at the event, where various organizations and other relay teams will have booths.
Catamounts Against Cancer’s advisor Amy Weaver stated that the event is open to the entire community with cancer survivors encouraged to attend.
An opening ceremony featuring a survivor’s walk will start the event at 6 p.m.