Be The Match: Helping find the cure for patients in need

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 The University of Minnesota Duluth Athletics Department hosted the, Be The Match Recruitment Event, today Thursday April 20th. This recruitment drive is to launch a state-wide drive for patients who are looking for a stem cell transplant. It’s pretty simple, you are given a cheek swab to your inner cheek and you will be called in for further testing if you are identified as a potential match for a patient in need of a transplant.

“I mean, it just takes like a couple seconds to take a swab and you can benefit so many people to see if you’re a match out there to save someone’s life,” says Helen Chen a Freshman at UMD.

More young, healthy donors (18-35) of all races and ethnicities are urgently needed to help diversify the Be The Match Registry. 

“The whole process only took about 3 minutes and all you have to do is answer a few questions and then you get the swab and it only takes like 10 seconds. So it was super cool how they use that information and they can match with people all over the world,” says Myra Moorjani, a freshman at UMD.

Those unable to attend the event can contact: Keesha Mason ,, 320-2936746

As well as: for any further questions.