November 22, 2011 09:00 ET

Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt Give a Spit About Cancer

Parks and Recreation Stars Joins and Colleges Nationwide to Help Save Lives Through a National Bone Marrow Registration Campaign

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) -, DKMS and Be The Match® are asking college students to "give a spit about cancer" by hosting bone marrow donor registry drives on their campuses. The campaign began October 1 and ends December 16, with a goal of launching drives on more than 100 college campuses.

Blood cancer kills more children in the US than any other disease, and is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in the United States. Many blood cancer patients might be cured with a bone marrow transplant if they can find a matching donor. The most needed on the registry are 18-24 year olds.

That's why, Be The Match and DKMS are taking action. A bone marrow transplant can be a cure for patients in need of lifesaving transplants. Only 30 percent of patients find a match within their family, leaving many to depend on the Be The Match Registry®. College students are the prime age to be marrow donors, and it's as easy as giving a "spit" to join the registry.

Parks and Recreation stars Aziz Ansari and Chris Pratt took part in a public service announcement (PSA) for the campaign. Aziz and Chris are big supporters of the fight against cancer and are helping encourage college students to host bone marrow donor registry drives on their campuses. The PSA can be seen at:

Participating college students are asked to secure a date and location on campus to run a donor drive. They will receive free swab kits from DKMS or Be The Match, as well as one-on-one support in the planning process.

To thank members for their efforts, any campus that recruits more than 200 new potential donors who also text SWABBED to 38383 will receive a $100 gift certificate for a pizza party to celebrate their success. Every new registry member who texts "SWABBED" will be entered to win a $500 college scholarship from The campus that registers the most new potential donors will receive $2,000 for an on-campus party. All winners will be announced on January 5, 2012.

Fraternities and sororities are encouraged to get involved with the "Greek Cheek Challenge." The campus chapter that recruits the most new registered donors will be given the chance to win up to 100 "cheeky" T-shirts customized for their fraternity or sorority. In order to be entered, Greek organizations can run a drive or promote an existing drive on campus. New registry members can text "GreekCheek" to 38383 to specify which Greek organization recruited them.

To learn more, visit or text SPIT to 38383.

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