Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/29/14
Farquhar files out the paperwork for the Be The Match program at a table full of football players.

ABOVE: Gina Farquhar '14 (left), a graphic design major, made an impromptu stop at the Moravian College football team’s fifth annual Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive April 24.


Football Team Registers 125 at Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive

Gina Farquhar’s spur-of-the-moment decision could potentially save a life.

On April 24, while walking past Johnston Hall, the senior graphic design major decided to participate in the Moravian College football team’s fifth annual Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive. Farquhar was one of 125 people to sign up last week, bring the program's five-year total to 1,162 registrants. (To see a photo gallery, click here.)

Farquhar said the opportunity to help another person, most likely a stranger, was too good to pass up – even if it was an impromptu choice.

“I didn’t actually know the drive was happening today,” Farquhar said. “I was just saw the football players outside and decided to come in. I’ve donated blood before, and I was really interested in doing something like this as well. Obviously, I think it is a great cause. I would love to be a match for someone.”

For the past five years, the football squad has partnered with the Be The Match Foundation in participating in the Get in the Game, Save a Life Program. The goal of this partnership is to give everyone a chance to join the Be The Match Registry and the National Bone Marrow Donor Program Registry. Head Football Coach Jeff Pukszyn added that the partnership provides his Greyhounds, “a great opportunity to positively affect people's lives and make an impact that reaches far beyond the football field.”

Four football players stand behind a Be The Match sign outside Johnston Hall. A football player swabs his cheek during the donation process.

ABOVE: Last week, 125 people signed up at the Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive, bringing the program's five-year total to 1,162 registrants.

ABOVE: To complete the donation process, an individual must fill out a medical history form and complete a painless cotton swabbing of the cheek. The process takes just 10 minutes.

The 10-minute process, which includes filling out a medical history form and a painless cotton swabbing of the cheek, is well worth the time considering the considerable benefits, said Ricky Sinnig ’15, a psychology/pre-med major who plays defensive back for the Greyhounds.

“Anytime you get the opportunity to save someone’s life, why wouldn’t you?” Sinnig reasoned. “It is just a small amount of time that can go a long way for someone else. You can preserve a lifetime with just 10 minutes.”

Although the partnership has yielded well over a thousand registrants, Sinnig stressed the need to further spread the program's benefits. “If we could get the word out, get more colleges in involved, think of how many lives we could touch,” he said.

Since its inception, the Moravian Football/Be The Match partnership has connected four students with band marrow patients. The donors are Stephanie Pezzello ’13, Rachel Knecht ’15, Matt Adams ’15 and Theresa Civitella ’13.

Sinnig, who knows Adams personally, called it inspiring to see the program helping others.

“This program is really great for team building while we also help others and build a community,” he said. “We are working toward an even greater goal than just being on the field. I feel what we do off the field says more about our character.”

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