Fisher Event Registers 60 Bone Marrow Donors

December 1, 2016

At St. John Fisher College, a recent campaign to raise awareness of Be the Match and encourage donors added an impressive 60 individuals to the worldwide registry.

According to Michael Garbin, senior community engagement representative for bone marrow registry Be the Match, a typical bone marrow registration drive results in around 20-25 individuals joining the registry. At St. John Fisher College, a recent campaign to raise awareness of Be the Match and encourage donors added an impressive 60 individuals to the worldwide registry.

Organized by the Wegmans School of Nursing, Fisher’s campaign launched in October with an awareness event that featured a talk by Garbin about the facts around bone marrow donation.

“About 12 to 14 thousand people a year in the United States need a bone marrow transplant to save their life,” Garbin said at the event. “Even with the 14 million people we have and the millions around the world that we can access, we’re unfortunately only able to provide 6,500 to 7,000 potential donors, which means we need many millions more individuals to join the registry to help save lives.”

During the event, alumna Caryn Hurwitz ’88 shared the story of how her son, Cameron, benefited from a lifesaving donation after he was diagnosed with a blood disorder. She shared a video of their story, as well.