Mocs Help the UTC Campus 'Get in the Game, Save a Life'
Members of the Mocs' football team helped with Boodanooga and the bone marrow registry drive in the UC today.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team spent the day encouraging students, faculty, staff and others on campus to "Get in the Game, Save a Life" and become part of the Be the Match registry.  Partnered with The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, the Be the Match registry is the world's largest hematopoietic cell registry that pairs stem cell donors with patients suffering from blood cancers. 

Andy Talley is the head football coach at Villanova and has worked with over 30 football programs across the country to sponsor registry drives.  The Mocs spent the weeks leading up to the drive collecting names and information from classmates who were interested in registering. 

Today, the Mocs worked with the local Be the Match staff to complete the registry in the University Center.  They helped to recruit more passersby and assisted with instructions and information on how to fill out the forms and complete the simple mouth swabs. 

The Be the Match registry is especially important to the UTC community.  Last year, Dr. Carolyn Thompson, Chancellor Roger Brown's wife, was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a disorder of the marrow.  Thompson, who died March 2, 2012, was the recipient of a stem cell transplant at Vanderbilt Medical Center. 

"I think it was very important to get involved in something like this," stated Shane Heatherly, a rising senior linebacker from Waynesville, N.C.  "Dr. Thompson meant a lot to this campus and that is evident by the number of people who have signed up today."

Dr. Brown visited with the football team at practice on Monday to let them know how much he appreciated their efforts with the registry.  This registration drive was held in conjunction with UTC's annual Bloodanooga, which is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Administered by Blood Assurance, Bloodanooga is the largest two-day blood and marrow drive in Chattanooga. 

"We were invited by Andy Talley's foundation to host a registration day and the support we have received from the local Be the Match and Blood Assurance groups has been tremendous," stated head coach Russ Huesman.  "Our guys have been very involved with gathering names and they all seemed excited about working the event today."

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