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Lambda Pi Eta hosts fundraiser for Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation
By Janie Maitland
Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s honor society, recently hosted a fundraiser at BT’s to benefit the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.
For every food item $7 or higher, a dollar was donated to the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.
The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation hosts a databank of 250,000 potential bone marrow donors. Through monetary donations they’re able to host swab drives to help find possible matches for those in need of bone marrow transplants.
Kristina Contreras, president of Lambda Pi Eta, noticed that the issue of bone marrow donation wasn’t being represented well on or off Radford University’s campus despite the growing need for bone marrow donation.
Contreras said this was the second time Lambda Pi Eta was hosting a bone marrow fundraiser. She said this year’s fundraiser was also a success with $75 being raised to help The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.
“Remember that’s $1 per every dish that was $7 or higher,” said Contreras, “BT’s has been so kind to partner with us.”
Although Contreras doesn’t know anyone who has needed a bone marrow donation, the need is so high that she strongly encourages donating bone marrow or money to help the cause.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 20,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness which requires a bone marrow transplant. The issue with bone marrow transplant is that finding a match can be extremely difficult. That’s why it’s so important to find donors.