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VILLANOVA FOOTBALL AND THE NATIONAL BONE MARROW DONOR PROGRAM TOGETHER WE WILL SAVE LIVES!

We at Villanova Football are encouraging students, employees, friends, families, and affiliates to capitalize on the opportunity of a lifetime: The opportunity to save a life.

On Sunday April 20th from 1-4 pm at Villanova University in the Jake Nevin Field House, you can make a difference. There is no cost to be tested.

On any given day, more than 6,000 men, women and children are searching the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry for a life-saving donor. The test is a simple cheek swab. No blood or needles are involved. It should take no more than a half hour for each person to register and be tested.

These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure.

Please respond to this message, if you are interested in becoming a donor. If you can't make it on April 20th, we can set you up at another participating university this spring. For more information please contact Ryan Eden 610-519-4105 or email ryan.eden@villanova.edu. We have partnered with Fox Chase Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program and I have organized these universities to hold a bone marrow drive on or around their spring football games as part of a program I have created called First and Goal. Our goal is to get 1,000 people tested this spring.

Temple - 4/16/2008
University of Pennsylvania - 4/13/2008
Harvard - 4/25/2008
UMASS Amherst - 5/3/2008
Northeastern University - 4/10/2008
University of New Hampshire - 5/9/2008
University of Maine - 4/30/2008
Wagner - 4/12/2008

Remember that the next person in need of a transplant could be you or a member of your family or a friend.

Please view this video message from NMDP advocates and visit www.marrow.org or www.foxchasetemplebmt.org for additional information or further questions.

Gratefully,