Bone marrow donation program to be focus of Judson talk
As part of this year’s World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series, Judson University will celebrate the work of Be the Match, a bone marrow donation program credited with saving the life of this year’s keynote speaker, author and magician Jim Munroe, according to a press release from the university.
Munroe was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 29 and given a life expectancy of just months when Jennell Jenney, a bone marrow donor, connected with him through Be the Match.
“The vast majority of blood cancer patients don’t have a fully matched donor in their family,” Munroe said in the release. “I know I wouldn’t be here today without Be the Match. I’m so grateful to them and happy that they’ll be at this event with me.”
Be the Match is the world’s largest and most diverse marrow registry. It has been operated by the National Marrow Donor Program for more than 25 years.
“It’s an honor to collaborate with an organization that is so important to this community and our keynote speaker,” Judson University President Gene Crume said in the release. “We hope Be the Match’s presence on campus will help students and visitors learn more about the organization and ways they can help.”
The World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series will take place on Oct. 9, with ticket prices at $25 for general admission, $75 for priority seats and $500 for VIP tickets.