GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman women's tennis assistant coach Christine Johnston will be holding a bone marrow donor drive Tuesday, December 4, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the first floor of the Furman Student Center near Digital Express. Johnston is holding the drive in honor of her cousin, Kim Roper, who has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Neither radiation nor chemotherapy has controlled her cancer, and Roper is now in need of a bone marrow transplant to save her life.
It is easy for individuals to determine if they are a potential match for Kim or any of the hundreds of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. Anyone between the ages of 18-44 can simply swab the inside of their cheek with a cotton swab and have the swab tested. If you are a match for a patient in need, you will be contacted by the National Bone Marrow Donor Foundation, and you can either accept or decline to donate to that patient.
Individuals who do not fit the age range requirement or do not wish to be tested can still save lives by making a donation to the National Bone Marrow Foundation. The Paladin women's tennis team will be collecting donations at the drive. For further information or to make a donation in honor or Roper, please contact Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-294-3568. More information on Roper can be found at match4kim.com.