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Springfield College Football Participates in "Be the Match" Program



Springfield, Mass. -- May 4, 2012 -- Many members of the Springfield College football team participated in late April in an initiative known as the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. The initiative is known as "Get-in-the-Game -- Save a Life Program" and was sponsored by an organization known as "Be the Match".

On April 25, "Be the Match" organizers from Philadelphia visited the Springfield College campus to create awareness for this very worthy program. A dozen players and coaches from the Springfield College football team gathered in the Springfield College Field House where they were able to attract almost 200 students to actively participate in this registry.

The students allowed themselves to be tested. The preliminary work could determine whether one of these students could provide a bone marrow "match" that could potentially save a cancer victim's life.

"We were very pleased with the turnout," said Travis Parisi, who was one of the SC coaches present for the initiative. "If just one of our students can be a match, this whole process will be more than worth it."

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