The Virginia football team will host a bone marrow registry April 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Observatory-Hill Dining Hall. This is the second year that coach Mike London and the Cavaliers have worked in partnership with the Be The Match Registry to find potential bone marrow donors.
Last year, Trevor Grywatch, a walk-on member of the football team, was found to be a match for a 60-year-old male with acute myeloid leukemia. He donated his stem cells last fall. In 2003, London donated bone marrow to save the life of his daughter, who had a rare blood disorder.
Roughly 70 percent of patients in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant do not have a matching donor in their family and rely on a national registry that consists of more than eight million potential donors, according to the National Marrow Donor Program.
The Observatory-Hill Dining Hall is the main student cafeteria on campus, and it is located two blocks north of Scott Stadium on the corner of Alderman Road and McCormick Road.