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UA’s Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Hosts Bone-Marrow Registration

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity is sponsoring a Be the Match on Campus bone-marrow registration drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the fraternity house, 202 University Blvd. on campus.

During the event, workers will register potential bone-marrow donors ages 18 to 44 using a cheek swab.

The organization also is collecting donations. Be The Match On Campus began as a grassroots effort by students committed to saving the lives of patients who need a bone marrow transplant. The group works with the Be the Match Registry and National Marrow Donor Program. Organizers are providing free Chick-fil-A food for participants.

As part of the event, organizers hope to find a match for Hadley Mercer, an 8-month-old diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Mercer’s father is Brad Mercer, a fraternity member and UA class of 1999.

For more information, contact Alex Coogan, a UA student, at 713/826-9222 or

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.