Hundreds sign up to save a life at Mandi Schwartz ‘Be a Match’ drive

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–More than 600 people signed up for the chance to save a life on Wednesday. It happened over at Yale, at the annual Mandi Schwartz bone marrow registration drive.

Student athletes worked from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday to try and get people to sign up for the chance to help others. Schwartz was a hockey player at Yale, before losing a battle with leukemia in 2011.

Her teammates hold the drive every year in her honor. They couldn’t save Mandi, but 30 others have benefitted from this event.

“It was unfortunate that we couldn’t find a match for her when she was here doing this event, but now we’re trying to add as many people as we can to the registry,” said women’s hockey captain Janelle Ferrara. “Every year, we continue to get hundreds and hundreds of people to save as many lives as possible.

“This was the first year that nobody has been on campus that knew Mandi, and you would think there would be a disconnect, but a lot of the other teams, especially hockey, have doen a good job of living on her legacy,” said Yale running back Deshawn Salters.

Mandi’s parents also came to Yale to inspire students and athletes to do things in her memory.

The drive on Wednesday was part of the nationwide “Get in the game, Save a life” campaign for Be The Match. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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