HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 18, 2012 – Emily Guffey, a junior at High Point University, along with her sorority, Phi Mu, recently teamed up to host a “Be The Match” event in honor of a boy and girl who are in need of a bone marrow transplant. The event added 53 new donors to the Be The Match Foundation®, a non-profit organization that helps match donors with those in need of bone marrow transplants.
While Guffey does not personally know the boy and girl they held the registry for, she felt their stories should be heard. Sheldon is 18 years old and has aplastic anemia with PNH; he was diagnosed during his senior year as he was making plans for college. Lucia is 6 years old and has sever aplastic anemia, causing her bone marrow to stop working and she no longer produces red or white blood cells or platelets.
“I love hosting bone marrow drives,” says Guffey, who held a similar event for a local high school student in need last year. “A lot of people don’t know much about it, so I feel like every year I get the opportunity to educate more people on how important it is. I love the idea that we have the ability to save a life. Even if someone gained just a few more weeks, months, or years with their family, that is invaluable.”
Guffey has been a strong advocate for the Be The Match Foundation® on and off the HPU campus. Last school year, Guffey held two “Be the Match” events on campus where 70 donors were added to the registry. She also traveled to Charlotte on Sept. 29 with two other HPU students and Phi Mu members to run in a 5k fundraising race for Be The Match Foundation®.
For more information about becoming a donor, visit www.bethematch.org.