LEXINGTON, Va. — On Saturday, February 4, the Washington and Lee University student organization 24 held a “Be The Match” bone marrow registration drive in the Warner Center and had over 87 people register during the event.
“The bone marrow registry was a huge success,” said Co-President of 24, senior women’s soccer player Katie Clemmons (Phoenix, Ariz./Chaparral). “Not only did we have a ton of members participate to help out, but we had many student-athletes and community members register.”
This marked the first time 24 hosted a “Be the Match” event, but the student organization is planning to make this a yearly event moving forward. The national average of people who register at these events is 40, which W&L more than doubled.
“It was amazing to see that many people register considering how small our population is compared to most of the schools that hold these events,” said Co-President of 24, senior women’s track and field and volleyball player Mackenzie Shand (Saline, Mich./Saline). “The members of 24 did a great job advertising the event to their teams and working the event to make it possible.”
“Be the Match” is a national marrow registration program operated by the National Marrow Donor Program for the past 25 years. The NMDP manages the most diverse marrow registry in the world. More information can be found at bethematch.org.
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