GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman assistant women's tennis coach Christine Johnston and the Paladin women's tennis team hosted a bone marrow donor drive Tuesday, December 4, in honor of Johnston's cousin, Kim Roper. Roper, who has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Neither radiation therapy nor chemotherapy has controlled her cancer; therefore, she has become dependent on the National Bone Marrow Registry to find a match to help save her life.
"The drive was a huge success," said Johnston following the drive. "The entire Furman community, from athletes, coaches, and administrators, to sororities, fraternities, and other individuals that wanted to be a part in trying to find a bone marrow match for a patient in need came together."
At Tuesday's donor drive, over 110 people had the inside of their cheek swabbed to determine if they were a match for Roper or any of the hundreds of people in need of a match. Although individuals must be between the ages of 18-44 to be swabbed, anyone can still make a difference in this effort by donating to the Be The Match Foundation. The Paladin team collected over $200.00 Tuesday during the donor drive.
"This donor drive was a very special and humbling experience," said Johnston "The number of people that came by to swab their cheeks and donate to such a personal event is really touching. I can't thank the entire Furman Community enough for their support. I know Kim and her family are so grateful."
For more information about Johnston's cousin or to find out ways you can make a difference visit match4kim.com. To donate please visit http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/site/TR?px=2077496&fr_id=1440&pg=personal and click on Make a Gift.