UTPA Baseball to Host Bone Marrow Drive for Five Year Old From Brownsville
Wednesday September 12, 2012
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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The University of Texas-Pan American baseball team is trying to save the
life of five year old Nolan Narajno of Brownsville by hosting a Bone
Marrow Drive on Wednesday, September 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at
the UTPA Library.
The drive will be setup in the southwest corner of the lobby.
Nolan has MDS (pre-leukemia) and the need for a Bone Marrow transplant is urgent.
The Broncs are asking for potential donors to come and sign up for
the Be the Match registry. The staff from Be the Match will swab the
inside of the cheek of every potential donor to determine if they are a
match. On average, only one in every 540 members of the Be the Match
Registry in the United States will be called on to donate.
Donors ages 18-44 are 10 times more likely to be called upon to
donate. Additionally, ethnicity plays an important role in bone marrow
match. Nolan is Hispanic and Caucasian.
In order to join the registry, potential donors must be between the
ages of 18 and 60, willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet
the health guidelines.
Nolan is the same child who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a
Broncs baseball game on May 12 while a blood drive was held in his
honor. Prior to his recent contraction of MDS, Nolan had been diagnosed
with aplastic anemia.
“We would like to appeal to all the residents of the Valley and to
all past, present, and future Broncs to please come out and support this
potentially life saving endeavor,” Broncs head coach Manny Mantrana
said. “This little boy is in desperate need of our help. What better way
of giving back to our community than by doing everything in our power
to try and save the life of this five year old boy. I implore everyone
that reads this message to please come out and support Nolan and his
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