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coach coin purse Malena Brown, the 15-year-old daughter of former Penn State running back Gary Brown, is a freshman at Keller High School in Keller, Texas.Brown family photo

Dickinson College, in partnership with the and the Get In The Game campaign, is sponsoring a marrow registry drive noon-4 p.m. April 4 in the social hall of the Holland Union Building, 28 N. College St., Carlisle.

The event is organized by the and its coaches. A 50 flat-screen Toshiba television will be raffled to offset the cost of tissue-typing.

People age 18-44 can become part of the national Be The Match Registry of potential marrow donors. The registry is accessed by doctors to find suitable matches for patients, many of whom are battling cancer and need a bone-marrow transplant.

The registration process involves a simple cheek swab and takes just minutes.

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Last year's event at Dickinson added 250 people to the registry and raised ,000 for Be The Match, one of the largest amounts raised by a Get In The Game school.

School officials said that within less than a year, the drive produced a match and a subsequent donation from one of the new registrants Dickinson senior biology major Reed Salmons of Wilmington, Del., a midfielder on the nationally ranked men s lacrosse team. Salmons was found to be a match to a man battling leukemia. Salmons donated stem cells.

Dickinson's event, according to school officials, is being held in honor of Malena Brown, a 15-year-old native of Williamsport who is battling leukemia.

On April 5, Brown s family, including her father, Dallas Cowboys running back coach and former Penn State football standout Gary Brown, will host a community marrow-donor registry drive, Marrow For Malena, in Williamsport.

For more information about Dickinson s marrow-donor registry drive, contact Joel Quattrone, associate director of athletics and assistant football coach, at 717-245-1364 or quattron@dickinson.edu or go to .

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