Charlotte, NC: Project Life Movement is pleased to announce their recent partnership with Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) and first combined bone marrow registry drive at Queens University, Charlotte on Tuesday, March 3rd from 10am-2pm.
Project Life Movement is a national collegiate program and generational movement committed to curing diseases and saving lives by identifying and registering volunteers for marrow and tissue donation.
SAM was started when Sam Kimura was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. This rare bone marrow disease’s only cure is a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately – and as is all-too- common – Sam’s only sibling, Alex, was not an ideal match.
So to help find a donor for Sam and the thousands of other patients fighting blood diseases, Sam, Alex and friend, Taylor Shorten, started a campaign, Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM). SAM is on a cross-country mission to register 50,000 life-saving donors in 50 states in 2015.
Much like S.A.M., Project Life began as a response to the critical need for more volunteer marrow donors. PLM Executive Director, David Lindsay: “When we first heard about Sam Kimura and her sister, it reminded me of the origins of Project Life – twenty-five years ago at Davidson College. Like Sam, I was a college student needing a miracle marrow match to cure me of my leukemia. After my sister, Lee, proved to be a perfect match, a group of launched Project Life as a grassroots, collegiate effort to enlist volunteer marrow donors.”
Twenty-five years after the launch of Project Life, the need for volunteer donors remains critical. S.A.M. and Project Life Movement are themselves a “perfect match” for helping to encourage and inspire young adults to serve others by becoming part of the national marrow registry. Both groups will work in collaboration with world’s largest donor center, Delete Blood Cancer.
The drive scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd at Queens University will be held at the student union on campus.