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Basketball tournament raises funds for bone marrow transplants

Posted at: 01/13/2013 7:01 PM
Updated at: 01/13/2013 8:11 PM

The 10th annual Christopher's Challenge basketball tournament was held Sunday at St. John Fisher College.

Christopher's Challenge is a Webster-based organization that works to educate the public about the national bone marrow donor program, and this is their biggest fundraiser.

Sixty-five teams participated in the tournament on Sunday.

A bone marrow drive was also held during the basketball tournament. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 and in good health was able to join the registry.

The typical fee to register as a bone marrow donor is $100, but Christopher’s Challenge covered the cost for those who registered at the event.

Every year dozens of people add their names to the donor list thanks to events like this.

“Someone who is suffering from leukemia or another type of cancer that can be cured by a bone marrow transplant, often times that is their only option to continue living and have a second chance at life,” said Kathy Costello from Christopher's Challenge.

Being a bone marrow donor is a simple process. It's just a cotton swab of the mouth and a small questionnaire.

All funds from the tournament will be donated to Christopher’s Challenge.