Be The Match, a national bone marrow registry, saves approximately 6,500 Americans from life threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma each year. Despite efforts, nearly 1,000 Americans die because they could not find a match.
Generally patients can find a match within their relatives, so Be The Match is a resource for those who cannot. Unlike the four principal types of blood, there are millions of bone marrow types, making it difficult for those patients to find a matching donor.
Starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Arkansas Tech affiliates and the surrounding community will have the opportunity to register with Be The Match. The bone marrow drive is the largest event of President Robin Bowen’s inauguration week. It will be ongoing for 24 hours in hopes to beat the Guinness World Record of 2,976 registries in one day. Tech is striving to beat the one-hour record as well.
Dr. Jason Warnick, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology, are coordinating the drive.
“From students all the way up to the board of trustees, everyone’s been on board,” Warnick said.
The drive will take place on Tech’s main campus and Ozark campus, along with the career center. Registry booths will be set up around each site.
Events will occur on Tech’s main campus Tuesday through Wednesday. Main booths will be located near Baz-Tech and the bell tower. Registry participants will be given a pass to attend all events.
Once on the registry, participants will be registered until they are 62 years old. Only one in every 500 on the registry ever get asked to donate.
“At no point do you have to,” Warnick said. “It’s your option.”
The registry process consists of cheek swabbing for DNA and filling out an information booklet. According to Warnick, the sign up can be done in less than five minutes.
Leading up to the event, there will be information booths around campus and videos playing in Baz-Tech and Doc Bryan.
“If we want people to sign up on the registry, we have to educate them about the need and about the process,” Mikles-Schluterman said.
“Come out and sign up for two things,” Warnick said. “First, to be part of a world record event. Secondly, signing up for this has the opportunity to save someone’s life.”
Tuesday, April 14
• 9 p.m. – Kickoff Celebration, Baz-Tech
• 10 p.m. to midnight – Black Light Party, Young Ballroom
Wednesday, April 15
• Midnight to 2 a.m. — Pancakes, Baz-Tech
• 2 a.m. – Movie Under the Stars, Crabaugh Lawn
• 3 a.m. – Donuts With Mayor Randy Horton, Young Ballroom
• 4-6 a.m. – Game Show Hosted by Thomas Pennington, Young Ballroom
• 6 a.m. – Bootcamp With Cora of Forca Martial Arts, Hindsman Tower
• 7 a.m. – Yoga, Breakfast To Go, Hindsman Tower
• 8 a.m. – Veterans Appreciation, Breakfast To Go, Baz-Tech Patio
• 9 a.m. – Department of Agriculture “Hump Day” Camel Photos, Hindsman Tower
• 10 a.m. – Presidential Selfies With Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Baz-Tech Patio
• 11 a.m. – Department of Agriculture “Hump Day” Camel Photos, Hindsman Tower
• Noon – Inferfaith Lunch, Young Ballroom
• 1-3 p.m. – Alumni Hours, Acoustic Music, Baz-Tech Patio
• 3 p.m. – Pie A Professor, Resident Director, Hindsman Tower
• 4 p.m. – Campus Ambassador Photos With Jerry the Bulldog, Baz-Tech Patio
• 5-7 p.m. – BBQ Feast, Hindsman Tower
• 7 p.m. – Concert with Some Guy Named Robb, Baz-Tech
• 8 p.m. – Countdown Party With D.J., Young Ballroom
• 9 p.m. – Drive Completion Celebration, Young Ballroom
For more information, Warnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mikles-Schluterman at email@example.com.