As a healthcare training organization, each of the Ross Medical Education Center campuses works hard to get involved in their communities. Ross staff, students, and faculty are passionate about supporting their friends and neighbors, partnering with like-minded local organizations, and improving the area around them. However, one of the most exciting ways for these healthcare professionals and those in training to do that is through increasing awareness and participation with important healthcare initiatives and programs.
In order to do this, many campuses host blood drives and participate in events to raise awareness for diseases like breast cancer. Another popular and very important organization and cause they align themselves with is Be the Match. Be the Match is a national bone marrow donation program. This organization helps to organize potential donors and then connect those donors with those suffering from blood cancers.
Because of their own passion for supporting and helping those with blood cancers, students from Ross College in Sylvania, Ohio recently invited a Be the Match representative to the campus. David Mahler from Be The Match was happy to come to speak with Ross staff and students about blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
The students were thankful to not only learn about the problem, but even more so to get to be a part of the solution. “Our students were so moved by the presentation that many decided they wanted to be part of the cure,” shared Shana Brubaker, Assistant Campus Director of Education. After the visit, the campus followed up with David to see how many students joined the registry because of his talk. He was excited and impressed by the outcome and shared that they were able to add 93 new donors to the marrow registry from the Sylvania campus. “This was officially my most successful one day marrow drive,” David said. “Thank you and Ross so much for your help with this important mission!”