The Sounders FC have teamed up with defender Tyrone Marshall in an effort to support Marcia Williams’ battle with cancer. Marshall and some of his teammates will host the Sounders FC Bone Marrow Drive at The Qwest Field Plaza, located on the west side of stadium parallel to Occidental Avenue South, on Aug. 18 from 4-7 p.m.
Marcia (pronounced Mar-cee-ah) is the wife of Real Salt Lake’s Andy Williams, a close friend of Tyrone.
“I’ve known Marcia, Andy’s wife, since Miami in 2000/2001, so we have gone back awhile. It’s a tough feeling to know someone that close who is struggling with a life-threatening illness,” said Marshall.
Fans ages 18-60 and in good health can help by attending the drive on Aug.18 and joining the National Bone Marrow Registry, a very quick and easy process.
“A lot of people think they are going to be stuck by a needle, however it is just a little swab in your mouth and it is easy. In addition to filling out some paperwork, the cheek swab won’t take more than two or three minutes. “
Patients are more likely to find a compatible donor within their own racial and ethnic background, which is why Puget Sound Blood Center is requesting a diverse group of donors. Currently the national registry for bone marrow is 75% Caucasian. Currently, 10,000 patients need a bone marrow transplant, but only 3,000 will receive one.
The cost of adding a donor to the registery is approximatley $100. Although not mandatory, donations will be accepted at the drive.
Complimentary parking will be available in the north parking lot.