Get in the game and save a life

Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-24 17:22:30-04

Everyone knows what cancer can do. It can strike anybody at anytime. Let's give people hope, let's show them we are trying to do something about this terrible disease known as cancer."

That is Old Dominion football Head Coach Bobby Wilder talking about the Bone Registry Drive sponsored by the University held in the Webb Center on Thursday.

Get in the game and save a life was the theme. At any given day, more than 1,000 people are looking for a match.

"Finding a bone marrow transplant is extremely hard to do. It is kind of like finding a needle in a haystack," according to event organizer Dan Gariepy. "Our goal is to add more needles to the haystack."

In reality, only one in 500 is a match. That's why Be The Match organization is in town asking you to sign up so you can give someone hope for a second chance at life.

"We all know someone who has been affected with cancer. I lost my best friend at the age of 30, so everybody knows someone," Coach Wilder says. "This is our way to try and give back, get people involved and hopefully we can save a somebody's life by doing it."