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Yale Students Register for Be the Match Donation Drive

Students from across Yale and even some New Haven residents came together this semester for a joint Yale SOM-Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies bone marrow drive. The effort, called Be the Match, tested 160 people who were willing to be bone marrow donors for patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, or other immune system diseases.

Megan Cain ’19, Volunteer

“I was fortunate enough to volunteer for the bone marrow donation drive by helping to spread awareness on campus and process donations. It was incredibly inspiring to witness how many SOMers were willing to learn about such an important cause and ultimately take the time to make a donation. I feel empowered by the fact that I was able to connect with my peers one cheek swab at a time!”

Vance Lewis ’18, Volunteer

“I had the opportunity to volunteer at the bone marrow registration drive and had a great time.  I was able to help students, many of whom were simply passing by the stand, register and swab their cheeks.  It was definitely a meaningful experience.”

Claire Thomas YC ’19

“It was really easy to sign up for the bone marrow drive: I was able to do it in between classes. Even though the thought of being matched is a little scary, I really like knowing that I could help save someone’s life.”

Liz McGuire PhD ’21

“It was great to be able to register as a bone marrow donor. I often wish that there was more I could do to make the world a better place, and this was such an easy way to do that!”

Ali Ianu, New Haven Resident

“I am definitely glad that I signed up for donating. I hope that if or when I get matched I will be able to help save a life.”

To register, visit