Oct. 7, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The National Bone Marrow Registry just expanded by another 40 members when the Auburn equestrian team took time during its weekly meeting to do the paperwork and cheek swab necessary to join.
"We asked the team as a group if this was something they were interested in doing and it was an easy way to give back," said Associate Head Coach Lisa Dorsey. "We have a great group of girls who are always willing to help whoever they can. And that has always been a big emphasis for our team -- to be strong for those in need."
The process, led by Madi Hall, a student member of the "Be the Match" organization, took about 20 minutes. Each member of the team filled out paperwork detailing medical history in a very organized fashion set with bar codes identifying each donor sample. The final step was for the women to get a sample each corner of their mouth on swabs which will sent for testing to determine matches for patients dealing with blood diseases.
"I was so excited to do this," said senior Piper Donnelly. "Of course you are a little nervous when you don't know what to expect, but I really hope I get matched and get that call. We just want to do anything to help."
Hall informed the team that college students make great matches, however the donors stay on the registry until they are 61-years-old.
Some of the student-athletes had questions about the process of bone marrow transplants and how long it may take to find out if they are a match. But for sophomore Hannah Loseke none of the details were a deterrent.
"I can save a life," Loseke said. "I'm not nervous about the process at all. I want to be a doctor so I know this is important."
The equestrian team joins the Auburn volleyball as squads that have become involved in the effort.