Sorority hosts blood, bone marrow drive
LSU students went out today to honor a former classmate and help an important charity.
Delta Delta Delta sorority hosted a blood drive and marrow registry drive to help children from Baton Rouge in desperate need of blood or bone marrow transplant. The Tri Delta sorority sisters said they were motivated by the loss of fellow sorority sister Amanda Judice.
"I know there's millions of people like Amanda out there, and I guess that's the reason we were inspired to help grow the registry and raise awareness,” said Ashton Despot.
The children are all under the age of three and are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Although the Tri Delts host a blood drive every semester, they said this one is different.
"It's benefitting Anna James Bourgeois, Preston Heath and Jessica Melchor, who are all from Baton Rouge, and they are patients at St. Jude," said Kathleen Hoffman.
The girls spread flyers throughout campus, made announcements in classes, talked to other sororities and fraternities and emailed every club president at LSU to get the word out.
Judice passed in February after battling severe aplastic anemia. All she needed was a bone marrow transplant but couldn't find a match in her family. She did, however, find one through the bone marrow registry, but it wasn't a perfect match. Her body rejected it.
"A lot of people are like that, and it's just so nice that they're doing this to try to find other matches for other people because that can save their life,” said Amanda's father Kim Judice.
Because there are often not many suitable donors, the goal is to expand the registry in hopes of finding a match for everyone. 70 percent of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant do not have a matching donor from their family.