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.