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By Kait Laubscher, ‘12
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — If you thought you left the hours of fun on the teeter totter in your childhood, think again. The St. Bonaventure University community will have the opportunity to return to this pastime April 13, when Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) kicks off its Teeter Totter Marathon for bone marrow awareness.
Teams of four will take half-hour turns keeping a giant teeter totter, measuring in at 7 feet tall and 16 feet long, moving for a full 24 hours starting Friday, April 13, at noon and continuing until noon on Saturday, April 14. The event will take place on the lawn in front of Hickey Dining Hall, where there will also be live entertainment from student DJs, bands and groups such as Bonacoustics and the Hip Hop team, according to student organizers senior Lauren Caulfield and senior Abbie Milliman.
Caulfield and Milliman have teamed up with other SIFE members including senior Faith Bain-Lucey and Healthcare SIFE members junior Jessica Enos and junior Erica Caso to put together this fundraiser, which Caulfield said she knew the Bonnies would love.
The Bonaventure community will have the opportunity to join the bone marrow registry during the event with a quick and painless cheek swab. These swabs will be sent to an organization called Gift of Life, which finds matches for those who need bone marrow transplants.
“If you look at statistics, you will see it is so hard to even find bone marrow matches for people who really need them, so the more people we can encourage to become part of the bone marrow registry, the better chance we have of making a difference in someone’s life,” Milliman said.
Junior Kevin McCorry, a member of the St. Bonaventure men’s rugby team, holds this important issue close to his heart. The recipient of a bone marrow transplant himself, McCorry and fellow rugby team members have been helping to spread the word not only about this SIFE fundraiser, but also about the importance of bone marrow awareness.
“No one deserves to have their lives shortened due to a disease. The increase in bone marrow awareness could result in more potential donors, and more monetary donations for research. More donors and more research will lead to more lives being saved,” McCorry said.
Another member of the St. Bonaventure rugby family, Patrick Hart, a previous Bonaventure student, was the inspiration behind this event.
“Abbie, Faith and I have always wanted to create a SIFE program that raised awareness for the need for bone marrow donors. Our friend, Patrick Hart, was a student at Bonaventure who had to get a bone marrow transplant that saved his life,” Caulfield said.
Hart has been helping the organizers with the event in several ways.
“Patrick is a large part of our main committee and helps with logistics and spreading the news. He has also played a huge part in helping us know the truth and rumors about bone marrow transplants. It’s been great to be able to talk to an actual receiver when we may be confused about how the situation works,” Caulfield said.
Teams of four can sign up to participate for a donation of $40, which will be given directly to Gift of Life, in its entirety. Juniors who would like to participate can request a time slot earlier on Saturday to avoid time conflicts with that night’s Junior Prom.
St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff can sign up in teams to participate in the marathon. All are welcome to watch and are invited to consider joining the bone marrow registry. Contact Lauren Caulfield to sign up or with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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