You Could Help Save a Life on November 14

From left to right: Student Bone Marrow Drive coordinators Peter Sheh, Derek Cope, Maggie Knight and Sam Rosner.

Did you know that six out of ten patients in need of a bone marrow transplant will never find their match? Each day 7,500 people are searching for a match on the National Bone Marrow Registry, which is made up of only 2 percent of the population. Every day 129 people are diagnosed with leukemia and 60 lose the fight. Now is your chance to become a bone marrow donor and possibly save a life.

Four Stony Brook University students — Derek Cope, Maggie Knight, Samuel Rosner and Peter Sheh — have organized a Bone Marrow Registry Drive to help beat leukemia and lymphoma. They are bringing the word to their fellow students, partnering with DKMS Americas, the world’s largest marrow donor center, and Stony Brook Medicine to find a match for patients in need.

First step: Get swabbed on Wednesday, November 14, at the following locations:

Student Activities Center (SAC) Lobby, Ballroom B and Auditorium: 10 am to 4 pm
Health Sciences Center, 2nd floor: 10 am to 2 pm
SBU Hospital, 19N Waiting Room: 10 am to 2 pm
SBU Cancer Center Lobby: 10 am to 2 pm
SBU Campus Recreation Center: 4 pm to 7 pm

The next step is to donate when DKMS lets you know you’re a match. It only takes one swab and you could help save someone’s life. For more information about the drive, please e-mail SBUBoneMarrow@gmail.com.

Film Screening November 11, 7 pm, SAC Auditorium
The documentary film More to Live For, by director Noah Hutton, is the story of three lives, all shaken by cancer and dependent on the one vital bone marrow match that could save them. They are: Michael Brecker, 15-time Grammy winner and one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, entertainment executive and founder of The Love Hope Strength foundation, the largest music-centric cancer charity in the world; and Seun Adebiyi, a young Nigerian training to become the first-ever Nigerian winter Olympic athlete in any sport. Their paths become connected in a fight for survival and a common mission: to bring awareness about bone marrow donation to the millions of people who could save a life. These deeply personal accounts of confronting illness will inspire hope and action, leaving the viewer empowered to become part of the cure.

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