WORCESTER, Mass. - The WPI football team partnered with a pair of organizations to host a “Get in the Game” bone marrow donation drive.
The team partnered with Be the Match and the Andy Talley Foundation to set up a registration booth on campus. The program recruits college athletes to join the bone marrow registry.
Last fall, WPI football player Frank Almeida found out he was a match and donated his marrow, likely saving a life. Now, he and his teammates and coaches are encouraging other athletes to get on the list.
“It’s become something that’s very real for us here, and so our guys are really excited and motivated and we’re trying to build some excitement on the campus to get people to sign up,” WPI’s head football coach Chris Robertson said.
“If you get the opportunity to do this, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it,” Almeida, a sophomore, said. “Because just being able to know you just made an impact on someone’s life, even if you may not get the chance to meet them, just knowing that it’s a pretty great thing to know.”
Since the WPI team started hosting the drives, they’ve helped over 350 people register.