Posted by: allisonbarnes | December 3, 2010

Be the Match

Homecoming weekend the Women’s Gymnastics team did more than just welcome alumni back to the University. They wanted to make a bigger impact.  They recruited people to Be The Match.

Be the Match is the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. It offers individuals the unique opportunity to be life saving donors to those in need with leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses. The team joined forces with the UNC  Black Alumni Reunion, along with other community organizations, to register potential donors.

For Junior Taylor Brown the importance of recruiting donors hits close to home.  Her cousin was diagnosed with leukemia this year and had a bone marrow transplant as part of his treatment after chemotherapy.  Since her cousin’s diagnosis, Brown is involved with programs that promote awareness and volunteer efforts, and thought that Be The Match was the perfect opportunity to get the team involved.

Taylor Brown and Morgan Evans

“It felt really good to know that through our efforts someone’s life can be saved. It is also rewarding to be apart of the Carolina community in which my teammates and I were able to make a difference through active service.” – Junior Taylor Brown

The team along with other volunteers helped over 60 people sign up to be potential bone marrow donors. Many more were given information about the program and how to help in other ways.

Half the team participated in the event, while the other half helped with another Outreach activity, Carolina Dreams. This was the team’s first year being involved in Be The Match, but hopes to continue its involvement throughout the year.

And Brown couldn’t be more appreciative for her teammates help and the support of those who signed up for the registry:

“Personally I’m very appreciative on behalf of my family for everyone’s involvement in the program because of my cousin’s journey. It was a really awesome experience to have so many people supporting this effort.”

Be The Match was held in memory of a recent UNC alum who unfortunately lost his battle while waiting for a bone marrow transplant this September. To learn more about Be The Match and how you can help click HERE.

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