Be the Match: 11th annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale

New Haven

An annual tradition to help save lives continued on the Yale campus with the 11th annual Mandi Schwartz marrow donor registration drive. 

Schwartz was a former Yale hockey player who died in 2011 after battling Leukemia.

The event encourages people to sign up as potential donors with their cell phones and then kits, which include a swab test, are mailed to them to see if they might be a match.

Related: 11th annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive being held in April

In 2012, John DeCasanova needed a transplant, he got a donor which saved his life and he continues to encourage people to sign up. 

“It took a few years. I was in the hospital for a little more than two years and obviously there’s some time after that where I was still recovering. So it is a journey for not only myself but all the patients that are going through this but we do have this hope for a cure which is amazing so when we can find these matches for individuals out there it really can give them a second chance at life,” DeCasanova said.

Related: Yale lacrosse player Brian Tevlin back on the field after donating bone marrow

At least 58 lives have been saved thanks to this Yale drive.

The event ran until 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening on the Yale campus.  Anyone aged 18 to 60 could sign up.

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