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The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale

The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale

Join the Be The Match® Registry at
the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale!
Part of the "Get in the Game. Save a Life." Program

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In nine years of drives we have added 6,271 potential donors and helped save at least 51 lives!

  • Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018
  • 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Cross Campus, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (Directions)
  • Open to the general public (to join the registry at the drive, must be ages 18 to 44)
  • No advance registration required
  • 1-800-MARROW-2

After she was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2008 (her junior year), Yale women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz' search for a genetic match for a stem cell transplant to save her life inspired thousands to sign up as potential marrow donors. No perfect match was ever found for her. Mandi received a transplant using umbilical cord blood in September 2010, but in December 2010 her cancer returned. She passed away at home in Saskatchewan on Apr. 3, 2011 at the age of 23.

Yale now holds its annual marrow donor registration drive in Mandi's memory. These drives are led by the field hockey, football, men's soccer and women's ice hockey teams. 

To date, Yale's drives have added 6,271 people to the Be The Match registry, including 921 in 2010 -- a record for the "Get in the Game. Save a Life." program. 

At least 51 life-saving matches for patients in need have been located through these efforts. Contact Larry Ciotti, the drive coordinator, at if you are interested in being involved in the drive.

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