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Be the Match and Be the Difference

My freshman year, myself and thirty other fraternity brothers signed up for the Be the Match program volunteering to be bone marrow donors if we were ever a match with a patient in need. Earlier this year, I was contacted by the Iowa Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match. In spite of everything going on in the world today, I found out that I was a match for a patient that needed a bone marrow transplant. Recently, I donated 1.7 liters of bone marrow anonymously. 

While many people never receive the call to donate that I did, I think signing up is such a testament to our community and what we stand for. I know that any of my fraternity brothers who signed up would donate if given the opportunity. If anyone would be interested in donating, they can use this link: join.bethematch.org/Brendan

 When associating fraternity and philanthropy, I think everyone's mind goes directly toward fundraising events. We often forget that philanthropy takes many different forms. This small gift can be the life saving treatment needed for a person to spend many more joyful years with their family. By donating, you could be the hope and the hero that a mother, father, son, daughter, or friend needs. 

Brendan Roe, Phi Gamma Delta