Be The Match manages the world’s largest and most diverse donor registry. They match patients with blood cancers and other diseases – like sickle cell – with genetically matched donors, willing to donate life-saving blood stem cells. Seventy percent of patients do not have a fully matched donor in their family, they depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated blood stem cell donor.
It’s easy to join the marrow registry – all it takes is a simple cheek swab. You just need to be healthy and willing to help any patient. You can join online at Join.BeTheMatch.org/FARMHOUSE
The Registry’s early origins were created in the basement of the home of the late Bob Graves (CO 57) and his wife Sherry, in the late 1970’s, when he sought to help find a cure for his daughter Laura’s leukemia. What started as the Laura Graves Bone Marrow Donor Foundation, today is Be the Match. Bob’s commitment to finding new breakthroughs in treating blood and tissue cancer through transplantation have helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients over the last 40 years.
FarmHouse has partnered with Be the Match through their college and university outreach program to help chapters host donor drives on their respective campuses. The program kicked off with over 100 FH men volunteering to be added to the database at FarmHouse Leadership Academy in January 2011. Through FarmHouse’s efforts, almost 1,400 people have been added to the Be the Match Registry to date.
Prompted by an impassioned request from brother John Romine (PU ’05), FarmHouse International Fraternity adopted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as it’s official philanthropic partner is 2008. Tragically, Brother Romine lost his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma later that year. But FarmHouse men across North America have taken up the cause, and today nearly every chapter of the fraternity hosts philanthropic events that raise funds and awareness for blood cancers, which are the number 1 type of cancer among young men.
FarmHouse chapters have partnered with LLS to hold Totally Baldacious head shave events, where people can donate money for the right to shave a FH brother’s head. In addition to the money raised, which is donated to LLS, the shaved head serves to raise awareness in the community for weeks following the event.
The FarmHouse Foundation has grants available to help support local chapter’s events for LLS.
This program, which is offered through a partnership with FarmHouse International Fraternity and Heart to Honduras, is open to any FarmHouse undergraduate chapter or new member. The cost to each individual is $1,600, and includes airfare, lodging, meals, service materials and educational curriculum. A variety of financial aid options are available for interested students.
Heart to Honduras is a not-for-profit organization coordinating on-site efforts within Honduras. They focus on meeting the needs of a local village through physical improvement projects, youth development and other teaching materials in developing communities in Honduras. Participants in the FarmHouse The Journey can expect to spend the week in a rural mountain village helping with physical labor, teaching and interacting with children, working alongside the locals and experiencing Honduran culture.