Monday, December 23, 2013 - 10:00

Student-athletes Support Bone Marrow Drive

Assumption College held its "Be A Match" Bone Marrow Drive in Laska Gym on Dec. 10, which was coordinated by the Cure4Rich Committee. Of the 112 new potential donors who registered to join the National Bone Marrow Registry, 78 were Assumption College student-athletes.

"I am proud of Assumption College student-athletes for being willing to become involved in such a great cause as we continue to strive for excellence in the community, in the classroom, and on the playing field," said Nick Smith, director of athletics and recreation. "It has been proven that these events can make a real difference in the lives of others, and I commend our student-athletes and all of the donors for taking part in this year’s Be A Match event."

Assumption hockey alum Dave D'Amico '13 registered through the 2012 Bone Marrow Drive that was coordinated by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; he was one of 400 people to register in that drive. His registration paid off in the fall as he was identified as a match and donated in November through a stem cell donation.

"I met a man who received the same donation six months earlier at Dana Farber," said D'Amico. "Seeing the impact that it had on him and his family, and how it impacted his recovery, I had no doubt that this was something I needed to do."

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