Group Wants Fellow UVa Students to Join Bone Marrow Registry

A group of University of Virginia students are trying to help their peers join a bone marrow registry.

Sept. 24, 2013

A group of University of Virginia students are trying to help their peers “be the match.”

The Be the Match registry is an extensive list of potential bone marrow and umbilical cord blood donors.

The student group is working with the registry to start a local chapter in Charlottesville.

A cheek swab is all it takes to join the registry.

"That's the main problem we have with getting people to sign up is that they think it's painful and an involved process, but it's really not,” says Nicholas Alee, a third-year student at UVa. “So the more people we can convince that it's not as painful and it's an easy process, the more people we can get to sign up and the more lives we can save."

The group says they want more college students on the registry, because donations from younger people usually lead to more successful procedures.

More information can be found at the link below.

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