Donors are superheroes who honor their commitment to saving a life! Since 2008, the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” program has produced over 800 life-saving heroes that have donated their bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells to a patient in need.
It’s so easy to sign up, following through wasn’t very difficult.”
When called upon to honor his commitment to be a stem cell donor, our hero Jon was in the midst of a busy time in his life. He had just finished finals, was preparing for graduation from Lycoming College and he was moving apartments. Yet, when he got the call he was a match, he said yes without hesitation. Jon knew that call meant he was saving someone’s life. “It’s just something you don’t think about. You are very rarely given the opportunity to save a life. So I A person and person posing for a picture Description automatically generated with low confidenceimagine when the opportunity does arise, you would take it. And I was very happy to do that.”
Holiday gifts come in all kinds of packages. In late December, 2020 our hero Nick gave a someone he didn’t even know a gift like no other, a second chance at life. “It’s definitely cool. It’s a great feeling knowing that I did something like that. I don’t think it has really fully hit me yet.”
Nick joined the Be The Match Registry® his freshman year at Lycoming College during a Get In The Game drive his football team was hosting. A record-holding wide receiver on the Lycoming Football team, Nick helped to recruit others to register during the drives. At that time, Nick said he didn’t know too much about bone marrow transplants, but he knew “if I ever got picked, I knew I was going to have the surgery, that that was the route I had to go, I kind of had a gut feeling.” Turns out, he was right. Five years after joining the Be The Match Registry, Nick donated bone marrow via an aspiration procedure for a 71-year old man in need of a life-saving transplant.
Heroes don’t always wear capes, they wear football helmets too! In the middle of a world-wide pandemic, a ray of hope named Tim Rafter gave the ultimate gift to a 72 year-old woman in need. Tim gave her a second chance at life!
An Ursinus College 2017 graduate and football player, Tim joined the Be The Match donor registry his freshman year during the football team’s annual Get In The Game (GITG) drive. Coach Pete Gallagher’s team has been hosting GITG drives for 12 years and he has seen 12 individuals honor their commitment and go on to donate. When asked why he loves the GITG program he responded, “It gives the staff the ability to teach the players the importance about giving back and being a part of something bigger than yourself, being part of a community and supporting others. GITG gives the players a sense of being able to go out into the Ursinus community, talk about the importance of the program and rally the whole community in support of GITG.”