PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 24, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s soccer team closes the spring season on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. against in-state rival, Princeton, at Yurcak Field. The Scarlet Knights will raise awareness for the Be The Match organization throughout the contest, distributing information, t-shirts and wrist bands before closing the day with a team autograph session for fans. Admission to the scrimmage is free.
The Rutgers women’s soccer team’s association with Be The Match comes following the diagnosis of rising sophomore Maggie Morash’s (Bernardsville, N.J.) seven-year-old cousin, Mason, with aplastic anemia. Mason was diagnosed with the disease in December, spurring Morash to spread awareness about the disease and encourage others to donate bone marrow to those in need.
“When you hear about things with children that are debilitating almost everybody stands to attention and takes notice,” said head coach Glenn Crooks. “Maggie was very specific in what was going on and what was needed, and described Be The Match to me. It seemed like a great idea to take a spring match and coordinate the two.
“Anytime we can reach out to the community, but especially when it’s someone in our own family, we’re going to be very intent on doing the best we can to publicize it.”
Be The Match will be on campus during Rutgers Day this Saturday, April 26. There will be a table set up outside the North Gate of High Point Solutions Stadium from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., where people can stop by, take a check swap and if interested, receive placement on the registry to donate bone marrow to someone in need.
“Their function is not only to get members to join the registry, but also to help those in need of a bone marrow transplant,” Morash said. “It means a lot to me that I have so much support around me so that when my family was in this time of need, I had those 25 girls around me who were willing to step up and do whatever they could to help out.
“I’m in a very unique situation where this happened, but I can do something about it. That’s what’s great about this community and the whole Rutgers community.”
RU takes on Princeton in Piscataway, N.J. for the second time in the last year, as the squad won 5-1 against the Tigers on September 15, 2013. Rising junior Stephanie Scholz (South Hackensack, N.J.) scored four of Rutgers’ five goals, the second-highest single-game total by a player in the history of the program.
About Be The Match
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. We work every day to save lives through transplant.
Patients depend on Be The Match and our supporters to find a match to save their life. The organization exists to provide one-on-one support to patients and their families every step of the way along the transplant journey. Its never-ending passion and dedication to save lives through transplant drives Be The Match to help more patients survive.
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