Texas Tech University

Goin' Band to Host Bone Marrow Registration Drive for Community

Heidi Toth

September 28, 2015

The two-day drive is part of a competition with Baylor designed to increase awareness of the need for bone marrow donors.

Bone Marrow Drive

The Goin' Band from Raiderland has one more week to beat Baylor University in a friendly competition to register potential bone marrow donors.

Texas Tech University's marching band started Banding Together to be the Match the first week of school with a drive to register all the band members with Be The Match, an international bone marrow registry.

On Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1), members of the Lubbock and Texas Tech communities can register as potential donors. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Canyon Room of the Student Union Building and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Lubbock Room of the SUB.

Gage Klein
This 12-year-old boy from Andrews is the face of the Goin' Band's bone marrow registration drive.

Learn more about Gage Klein and follow his progress on Facebook.

“We are extremely excited about the campuswide bone marrow registration drive this week,” said Duane Hill, director of the Goin' Band. “This is a very easy way to compete against Baylor off the field while having the opportunity to save a life. It's a win-win situation. We had a great response for the Goin' Band drive and we hope to get students and Texas Tech faculty and staff on board for the campus drive this week.”

Through Saturday, students and community members can register at www.bethematch.org and include the promo code “ttuband” to give the Goin' Band credit for the potential donor. The winner will be announced at halftime during the football game Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Registered donors must be between 18 and 44 years old and generally in good health. Participants will have their cheeks swabbed to provide a DNA sample, which determines compatibility between donor and recipient, and donors are added to the registry.

Anita Gonzales, the community event representative for Cook Children's Health Care System, who planned the drive with Hill, thanked both Hill and the band for their leadership.

“They are giving back the community and saving lives,” she said. “Way to go, Goin' Band!”

To keep up with the drive, follow the Goin' Band on Twitter and Facebook.