Banding Together to Save a Life: Baylor Golden Wave Band Teaming Up with Texas Tech to Raise Awareness of Be The Match Foundation

  • BUGWB sign up table
    The Baylor Golden Wave Band held its own registry drive in August and registered more than 100 donors, who are ready to save lives.
  • BUGWB students
    Members of the Baylor Golden Wave Band registered in August to Be The Match.
  • BUGWB students banding together
    Members of the Baylor Golden Wave Band registered in August to Be The Match.
  • BUGWB Phil Obado
    Phil Obado, lecturer and associate director of athletic bands in Baylor's School of Music, registered to Be The Match.
  • BUGWB Isaiah Odajima
    Isaiah Odajima, associate professor and associate director of bands in Baylor's School of Music, registered to Be The Match.
Sept. 29, 2015

Bands encourage others to save lives by learning more about bone marrow donor registry

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 29, 2015) – Leading up to the Baylor-Texas Tech football game Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Baylor University’s Golden Wave Band is teaming up with the Texas Tech Goin’ Band from Raiderland to help raise awareness of bone marrow donor registry by encouraging others to be the one to save lives through the Be the Match Foundation.

Be the Match is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a national registry of potential marrow donors for people diagnosed with blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma. Medical research has shown that cells from donors between the ages of 18 and 44 lead to better long-term survival for patients after a transplant.

The Baylor University Golden Wave Band had its own registry drive in August and registered more than 100 donors, who are ready to save lives.

Now, the Golden Wave Band is asking the support of Baylor Nation and the Central Texas community through the following:

Raising Awareness on Facebook: The Golden Wave Band is challenging the Texas Tech Goin’ Band to help raise awareness on Facebook. “Like” the Baylor University Band Challenge Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/BUBandChallenge

Register on the Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry: Baylor’s campus registry drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, and Friday, Oct. 2, in the first floor lobby of the Bill Daniel Student Center on campus. Signing up to be on the Be the Match marrow registry takes about two minutes. If you are unable to come to the drive, you can register at this link: http://join.marrow.org/BUband

Register at AT&T Stadium and watch the combined halftime performance: The Baylor Golden Wave Band and Texas Tech Goin’ Band will share halftime during Saturday’s football game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as both bands promote the need for marrow donation through the efforts of Be the Match. Fans can sign up to be on the national registry in the main concourse of AT&T Stadium during the second half of the game.

Baylor will host a follow-up registry drive from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, outside Moody Library on the Baylor campus.

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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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