Hillel at Ohio University and Gift of Life are amazing partners in swabbing thousands of Ohio University students, staff, and faculty! In fact, Ohio University leads the nation in campus bone marrow drives, securing the largest number of swabs from 18–26 year-olds. It's a title we're thrilled to have, and couldn't do it without valuable campus organizations assisting such as Student Senate, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Residential Housing, Campus Life, Jewish Women of Ohio, Greek Life, Athletics, LINKS, and more!
As of August 2013, more than 100 students have been identified as possible matches for people with leukemia, and ten Ohio University students have saved lives by donating their marrow. We've figured out the formula, and we're gearing up to share it with other campuses—we hire several student interns, encourage them to reach deeply across campus via their classes, social networks, student organization affiliations, then set-up swabbing locations at least once per week in Baker Center and around campus. Students networking with students is the key to a successful bone marrow drive.