The effects of cancer reach beyond the patient's diagnosis. The women’s basketball team and Be The Match were swabbing students’ cheeks in the Pit today to find perfect donor matches for cancer patients awaiting bone marrow transplants — at 103 registrations, they broke the campus record.
Be The Match On Campus is a national initiative to inform students of the role they can play in a patient's battle for recovery by swabbing their cheeks and adding them to the bone marrow donor registry.
Sophomore Naomi Van Nes said this campaign is especially important to the women’s basketball team because of head coach Sylvia Hatchell's past complications with acute myeloid leukemia.
“Especially knowing Coach Hatchell — cancer is a very real thing, and I’m sure everyone can say that they know someone who has been affected by it,” she said. “Something like this which is so small and easy to do could literally save someone’s life, so I think it’s very important to get people involved.”
Hatchell, who is now cancer-free, said bone marrow transplants are common for people with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes.