Player Todd Billet Is Leading It
Minority Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive To Take Place Feb.
15 At U.Va. Cage
February 13, 2002--
Charlottesville area residents, especially minorities, are
invited to register as a potential bone marrow donor Saturday, Feb.
15, at The Cage, opposite the main entrance to University Hall at
the University of Virginia.
national registration drive, aimed at helping save lives, is being
spearheaded locally by U.Va. men’s basketball player Todd
Billet. The sign-up will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
he faces one of the biggest games of the season that night at home
against Duke University, Billet said he hopes to be at The Cage
to help out for much of the drive. “There should be a lot
of students and others out there to get tickets,” he said.
“It’s a busy time, but I’m going to be passing
up for the National Bone Marrow Registry is easy, Billet said. Two
to three drops of blood are collected by a finger prick for testing.
Regular blood donations also will be accepted the day of the drive,
which is co-sponsored by Virginia Blood Services, the U.Va. Health
System and the men’s basketball team.
deficit of bone marrow donors exists among Latinos, African Americans,
Asians and Native Americans, according to Virginia Blood Services.
Donations of healthy bone marrow, when matched to a patient, are
used to treat people suffering from many life-threatening situations,
including cancers of the blood and leukemia. If a donor is identified
as a proper match
for a patient, the marrow collection process is a hospital procedure
in which some healthy marrow is removed from the back of the pelvic
bone using a syringe. Recovery for the donor is quick, and the marrow
naturally replenishes itself.
who was asked to be involved in the national registration drive
by a friend in his home state of New Jersey, has been talking about
the seriousness of the cause even during some basketball interviews.
He plans to register himself, too.
flying in at midnight following a grueling game in North Carolina
on Wednesday, Billet was passing out fliers and visiting University
offices Thursday morning. Then he had to hurry on to an economics
class, an African-American studies class and a Spanish test before
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856