April 7, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island football head coach Joe Trainer and the Rhody football team will host a bone marrow registry drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 on the URI student quad.
"This program was a great success last year and I am thrilled that our team will be apart of it once again," Trainer said. "Last year I think our players really gained some perspective as to what some people across the nation are dealing with on a day-to-day basis and why this drive is so important."
For the second-consecutive year, Trainer and the URI football program have partnered with the National Marrow Donor Program to take their efforts to the national level.
Last year the drive generated over 250 new individuals to the national registry.
There are 20 million people worldwide who are registered as potential marrow donors. Still, there are only about 250 matches found each year, making it a 1-in-80,000 chance that a registered donor will be a match.
In the event of rain, the bone marrow registry drive will be held in the Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on the bone marrow registry drive, contact the Rhode Island football office at 401-874-2406.