Project Life is a national movement to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering college students with a simple cheek swab.

About Project Life

Quite possibly the best decision you’ll make in college.

Project Life is a national movement to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering college students with a simple cheek swab. Why? Because bone marrow treatments are the only hope for many people diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other blood cancers and diseases, but 60 percent of those in need of a life-giving donation currently can’t find a donor match. Students like you have a profound opportunity to save a human life. It takes only minutes to get tested and registered, and it’s simple, painless and non-invasive. Contact us to learn more about creating a Project Life Movement chapter on your campus, or to make a financial contribution to pay for testing, typing and registering bone marrow and tissue donors.


For more than 30 years, one of the best-kept secrets in providing cures for cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma and for diseases such as sickle cell anemia has been bone marrow donation and transplantation. In 1987, a federal mandate created the National Marrow Donor Program. The program had a simple, significant goal: connecting volunteer donors with patients whose only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant.

In 1989, a group of caring students at Davidson College approached President John Kuykendall and asked for his support in connecting the school to the cause of identifying potential donors for the national registry. On March 13, 1990, Davidson College held its inaugural Project Life bone marrow donor recruitment drive. Close to 500 students, staff and faculty stepped forward to join the Project Life movement and an incredible 20-year story began.

Since that first drive, over 25 universities and partners have joined in our mission. In order to meet the growing need for donors, Project Life plans to expand this movement to college campuses across the nation. We aim to educate millions of students on how easy it is to help people in difficult positions. And to let them know what an amazing impact they can have on this world.

Board of Directors

Mr. John Ramey (Board Chair)
Bone Marrow Recipient
President, Five Points Advisors

Mrs. Meredith Shorkey (Past Chair)
Community Volunteer

Mr. Steve Ball
Eastern Plastics

Mr. Ed Balogh
Chief Operating Officer, Ridgemont Equity Partners

Mr. Shamaree Brown
Director of Compliance, Atlantic Coast Conference

Dr. Paulette Bryant
Medical Director, St. Jude’s/Novant Health Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Dr. Ed Copelan
Chairman, Dept. of Hematologic Oncology, Carolinas Healthcare System

Mr. David Darnell
Retired, Vice Chairman of Bank of America

Mr. Steve DeGeorge
Attorney, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

Ms. Mary Dowd
Chief Strategy Officer, The Cardea Group

Mrs. Debbie Ferrell
Bone Marrow Recipient
Community Volunteer

Mr. Steve Luquire
Founder & CEO, LGA

Mr. Prem Manjooran
CIO, Tantallon Capital

Ms. Sherika Montgomery
Associate Commissioner of Governance & Compliance, The Summit League

Mr. Danny Morrison
Executive Director, Charlotte Sports Foundation

Dr. Philip Roehrs
Medical Director, Pediatric Blood/Marrow Transplant, Atrium Health

Mr. Matt Snyder
Partner & Co-Founder, winestore

Project Life News