FOR THE third time since September, a Villanova football player has donated his bone marrow to try to save someone's life.
First it was junior offensive lineman Jake Prus, who was followed a few weeks later by senior wide receiver Jacob Gribb. Now senior cornerback C.J. Logan has joined them. This week he underwent a surgical procedure, and the marrow was then transported to the patient's location for transplant.
Logan became part of the registry of potential donors during the annual drive that coach Andy Talley holds each spring and was identified as a close match earlier this fall.
The "Get in the Game, Save a Life" campaign was started by Talley in 2009 and has grown to include more than 80 college programs throughout the country. As a result, more than 200 matches have been identified for patients with life-threatening illnesses.
Talley first became involved with the cause in 1992, and through those efforts more than 35,000 potential donors have been successfully tested and entered into the national pool.
The odds are 1-in-20,000 of finding donors for people with blood diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.
Logan is the sixth person who played for Talley to be a donor. And he's the first African-American, which is significant because the odds of finding matches for that race are much higher.
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