Promise of Service

The “S” in FarmHouse stands for Service. As a result, FarmHouse members make it a priority to be involved in community service and philanthropy opportunities.

The Fraternity adopted Be The Match: National Bone Marrow Registry and the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society as its official philanthropies at the 2008 Conclave. The Fraternity continues its efforts to spread awareness and encourage others to join the National Bone Marrow Registry and raise money to benefit research at the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

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National Bone Marrow Registry Support

When their 10-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with leukemia, Robert (Bob) Graves , D.V.M. (Colorado State 53), and his wife, Sherry, were ready to do anything they could to save her. Desperate to save her life, they turned to alternative treatment options. They agreed to try the first ever bone marrow transplant for a leukemia patient from an unrelated donor.

Laura received her transplant in 1979. And it worked. The success of the treatment inspired the Graves to give other families the same hope for a cure. Thanks to Dr. Graves, other patient families, doctors, congressional support and funding from the U.S. Navy, a national registry of volunteers willing to donate bone marrow was born.

The National Marrow Donor Program has evolved to become Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Since its founding in 1987, Be the Match efforts resulted in 61,000 transplants, with 6,300 transplants in 2014 alone. Over 250 research studies are supported annually related to cancer research. Assistance was provided to 1,800 patients in need of treatment, totaling $3.2 million in financial support last year. And most importantly, in 2014 540,000 new potential donors were added to the Registry, of which 44 percent were racially and ethnically diverse. What started as a select, disconnected, few donors, in files in the Graves family basement, today is a Registry of over 11 million donors in the United States and 22.5 million potential donors worldwide. Read the full version of this story in a 2015 issue of Pearls & Rubies.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo

Annual “Totally Baldacious” Event

At the 2008 Conclave, at the request of then undergraduate brother, John Romine (Purdue 05), FarmHouse adopted Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (LLS) as one of its national philanthropies. John, who, at the time was undergoing treatments for Hodgkins’ Lymphoma knew it was time to adopt a national organization to benefit from the service of FarmHouse men. Romine passed away from the disease in December 2008.

Today, FarmHouse men across the country host annual “Totally Baldacious” events to raise money and register potential bone marrow donors. Chapter members would volunteer to have their heads shaved to raise money and awareness for LLS. You can apply for a grant to host an event on your campus at the link below.

Promise of Service


Promise of Service

The “S” in FarmHouse stands for Service. As a result, FarmHouse members make it a priority to be involved in community service and philanthropy opportunities.

The Fraternity adopted Be The Match: National Bone Marrow Registry and the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society as its official philanthropies at the 2008 Conclave. The Fraternity continues its efforts to spread awareness and encourage others to join the National Bone Marrow Registry and raise money to benefit research at the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

Be the Match logo

National Bone Marrow Registry Support

When their 10-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with leukemia, Robert (Bob) Graves , D.V.M. (Colorado State 53), and his wife, Sherry, were ready to do anything they could to save her. Desperate to save her life, they turned to alternative treatment options. They agreed to try the first ever bone marrow transplant for a leukemia patient from an unrelated donor.

Laura received her transplant in 1979. And it worked. The success of the treatment inspired the Graves to give other families the same hope for a cure. Thanks to Dr. Graves, other patient families, doctors, congressional support and funding from the U.S. Navy, a national registry of volunteers willing to donate bone marrow was born.

The National Marrow Donor Program has evolved to become Be the Match: The National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Since its founding in 1987, Be the Match efforts resulted in 61,000 transplants, with 6,300 transplants in 2014 alone. Over 250 research studies are supported annually related to cancer research. Assistance was provided to 1,800 patients in need of treatment, totaling $3.2 million in financial support last year. And most importantly, in 2014 540,000 new potential donors were added to the Registry, of which 44 percent were racially and ethnically diverse. What started as a select, disconnected, few donors, in files in the Graves family basement, today is a Registry of over 11 million donors in the United States and 22.5 million potential donors worldwide. Read the full version of this story in a 2015 issue of Pearls & Rubies.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo

Annual “Totally Baldacious” Event

At the 2008 Conclave, at the request of then undergraduate brother, John Romine (Purdue 05), FarmHouse adopted Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (LLS) as one of its national philanthropies. John, who, at the time was undergoing treatments for Hodgkins’ Lymphoma knew it was time to adopt a national organization to benefit from the service of FarmHouse men. Romine passed away from the disease in December 2008.

Today, FarmHouse men across the country host annual “Totally Baldacious” events to raise money and register potential bone marrow donors. Chapter members would volunteer to have their heads shaved to raise money and awareness for LLS. You can apply for a grant to host an event on your campus at the link below.