Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Each year, tens of thousands of patients diagnosed with life threatening diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma, find themselves in desperate need of a transplant. The chances of a patient finding a family related donor is only 30%, leaving most patients to rely on an anonymous donor from a registry.
The football players span the campus, educating and recruiting people to take the cheek swab test, thereby registering themselves as potential bone marrow donors on the Registry. Since 2008, GITG registry drives have been responsible for adding over 71,000 potential donors. More importantly, there have been almost 306 transplants that have occurred with GITG donors! Because of our GITG program, 278 patients have been given a second chance at life they and their families desperately hoped for!
In addition to the efforts made with the GITG program, the foundation also spends time hosting fundraising events to help support the expense of registering approximately 10,000 new donors each year.
With a price tag of $100.00 per donor, and thus a $1,000,000.00 cost for each GITG season, funds are critical to not only sustain the program, but to help it grow as well. With his years of experience paired alongside tremendous support from the Be The Match, his college coaching peers, and the community, Coach Talley looks forward to growing his foundation and the GITG program into a national presence.
Adding Donors…Saving Lives…One Campus at a Time!