Last year, Virginia's bone marrow registry drive resulted in a life-changing, life-saving opportunity for walk-on linebacker Trevor Grywatch.
Coach Mike London is hoping the drive's second season can help someone, too.
Virginia's “Get in the Game, Save A Life” program will take place April 5 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the patio outside of the Observatory Hill (O-Hill) Dining Hall. The testing drive helps to find matches to treat people with different types of blood and bone marrow cancers and benefits the Be The Match Foundation.
In addition to recruitment efforts prior to the drive, the football players will help with registration during the event. Last year the Cavaliers helped register approximately 250 people. Grywatch proved to be an exact match and in October donated his marrow to a recipient.
“Last year was our first attempt at this and at the time I thought the players did a good job, and so did the people that donated,” said London. “They were educated about why bone marrow registrations are important because you can eventually end up saving a life. That’s the whole premise behind it."
London would know. In 2003, he saved his daughter Ticynn’s life with his bone marrow.
“Almost everyone has a relative, a friend, or knows a person who has been or is in need of medical attention and intervention,” London said. “There are people who are in need of a life-saving opportunity that perhaps you can provide. Don't sit on the sidelines and watch and hope nothing happens to you or a loved one. Get in the game like I did and perhaps save a life. The best game plan in life is to be an active participant.”
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