Our students have once again partnered with the amazing Be The Match organization to help demonstrate the “We Care” philosophy that defines the spirit of Minnesota School of Business (MSB). The Global Citizenship class at the Richfield campus has spent the quarter on a service-learning project to help raise awareness and bring attention to a cause they believe in greatly.
Be The Match operates the Be The Match Registry, which is the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units. Be The Match raises funds to help provide transplants to all patients through the Be The Match Foundation.
The Minnesota School of Business-Richfield campus has a personal connection to the cause, as an online student here joined the registry when her own daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. She has previously spoken to the campus about the cause, which you can read more about here.
The class has been working to promote the Be The Match Run+Walk on May 18 through social media, in addition to contacting local media.
“Our team has personally put together a Facebook group to promote the walk and run on May 18 with over 700 fans,” said student Brianna Meisinger. “We think Be the Match is an important cause because it allows you to save a life. Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma, and most of the time the only solution is a bone marrow transplant.”
This has been a learning experience for a variety of reasons. For the students, this project has brought both a personal awareness to the cause as well as an overall awareness to the challenges that nonprofits face.
“We were surprised how many people weren’t aware of the registry and how hard it is to publicize a nonprofit cause,” said student Alyssa Goodew. “Knowing that we may help in saving someone’s life through our donor drive makes the effort worth it.”
To wrap up the quarter, the students have organized a Registry Donor Drive, which will be held at the MSB-Richfield campus on Monday, March 11, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 2, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Here is more information on Be The Match and the National Marrow Donor Program that you might not know:
- 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant. Half receive one.
- The most common way of donating marrow is similar to donating blood, plasma or platelets
- The matching process between a patient and marrow donor is really based on having the same racial and ethnic background
- It only takes 20-30 minutes to join Be The Match as a potential marrow donor. In fact, all it takes is a registration form and painless cheek swab!
- 70 percent of patients needing a life-saving marrow transplant do not have a matching brother or sister
- There are 70 different life-threatening illnesses treatable by a marrow transplant
- Be The Match has facilitated more than 50,000 marrow transplants since 1987
- There are two different way of donating marrow
- Approximately 5,000-6,000 patients from around the world search the Be The Match registry every day for their life-saving marrow donor