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Pandora Challenge and Be The Match Registration Tomorrow

Posted 09/17/2018
Submitted by Glen Adsit
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 20), Hartt Professors Gabe Herman and Glen Adsit are teaming up to offer two powerful ways you can help the fight against Cancer: The Pandora Challenge and the Be The Match Registration.

In an effort to maximize the impact our students can have in this fight, the Connecticut representative of Be The Match will be in the Sukman Foyer (Millard Auditorium Lobby) from 1–5 p.m. tomorrow to discuss the registry and help students who are interested in being a donor to get registered. The Be The Match representative will also be at the evening Pandora meeting from 6–9 p.m. in Gengras Student Union (Room 309).

For Andrew McMahon and Professor Adsit, this fight is personal. Not only have Professor Adsit and Andrew McMahon performed together as artists, but they both share the same blood disorder that prompted Andrew to start the Dear Jack Foundation. In the Summer of 2016, Professor Adsit underwent a successful bone marrow transplant because of the life-saving gift of his donor.

The Pandora Challenge is a 3-week long training seminar and national marketing and playlist campaign that will support the Dear Jack Foundation—a nonprofit that supports young adults and adolescents fighting caner. During the challenge, students will work in teams with the support of singer/songwriter and performing artist Andrew McMahon (Jack’s Mannequin) and learn innovative new strategies for social impact through music from the executive team at Pandora that will help to bring awareness to cancer advocacy through music. 

Be The Match focuses on college-age students because younger donors are best for the patient; however, anyone 18-44 years old is welcome to join the database. Once registered, students will be sent a kit that includes a saliva swab and a return envelope. Donors stay on the registry until their 61st birthday. In the event that you are identified as a potential match, a blood test will be performed. If you are confirmed as a match, and if you agree to be a donor, your blood stem cells will be gathered by Aphaeresis, a process similar to donating platelets. 
Please consider coming over to the Millard Lobby tomorrow to sign up for the registry. Your donation could save a life.