Be The Match® partners with HBCUs

Posted February 17th, 2010 by Be The Match and filed in Donor Stories
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Be The Match® and several leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are partnering to save lives through the Say It Loud! Save Lives and Be Proud! program. We’re working together to raise awareness on HBCU campuses about the pressing need for African American marrow donors.

One important way we’re reaching out is the Say It Loud! Save Lives and Be Proud! Web site on HBCU Connect, Members of the HBCU Connect community will see stories of African American patients who received life-saving transplants and patients who are still searching for a match. Stories of marrow donors, blogs, videos, and networking all help provide information about Be The Match and the need for more African Americans to join the Be The Match Registry®.

Sam’s story
No one knows this need better than Sam Roberson Jr., who attended Howard University, an HBCU.

Roberson, now 26, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 8. At the time, his doctors said Sam had a 25 percent chance to live. His only hope for a cure was a bone marrow transplant.  He was unable to find a match, so doctors used some of Sam’s own stem cells to treat him. He’s been in remission ever since – and beat the odds since he did not have a suitable match. Because of his struggle, Roberson vowed to help other searching patients if he made it through.

He stayed true to that commitment by writing and directing a one-man show called “And They Said I Wouldn’t Make It… A Story of Hope.” The play, which is set to begin in Chicago this weekend, is a narrative of hope and success and ends with a call to action.

“It’s critical that people get involved; that’s why I’m encouraging African American college
students – and the greater community – to get involved and join the Be The Match Registry,” Roberson said.

For more of Sam Roberson’s story visit Be The Match on HBCU Connect, or visit Sam’s Make A Match site

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