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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.