Pacers' Hibbert teams up with Be The Match for Sept. 22nd drive


Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert is teaming up with Be The Match to host a bone marrow registry drive this Saturday, Sept. 22, as a way to grow the Be The Match bone marrow registry and help save thousands of lives across the globe.

Hibbert understands the need to add more committed donors to the Be The Match registry due to the recent loss of a dedicated fan, 12-year-old Lee Eddins, who passed away in August after a six-month battle with Stage 4 leukemia.

"We have all been touched by this story, and want to support Roy's desire to give back to this cause he is so passionate about," said Pacers representative Heather Denton. "Each new member of the registry we sign up could mean a second chance at life for someone like Lee. It only takes one person to be the match."

The event, located at the Castleton Square Mall, will serve as both a bone marrow drive and a fundraiser and will include autograph opportunities for participants from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., as well as Pacemate appearances and prizes from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Indiana Pacers will give away two tickets to a pre-season game (while supplies last) to participants who join the Be The Match registry and make a financial donation.

DATE: Saturday, September 22nd

TIME: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

LOCATION: Inside Castleton Square Mall Macy's Court

Joining the Be The Match Registry is easy and takes only 10 minutes. After completing a health history form, the inside cheek is swabbed. There are no further steps a donor takes at this point. They may be called someday and asked to take the final step of donation for a matching patient in need of a transplant. Anyone 18-60 years old, in good health and willing to donate to anyone in need is eligible to join the registry.

For more information, to make a financial contribution, or to join the Be The Match Registry online, click here. With registry questions, call Indiana Blood Center at 317-916-5110.