A longtime D.C. United supporter needs a bone marrow transplant, and the club is rallying around him.
The team announced this week that "Big Rob" Gillespie, a member of La Barra Brava supporters group, has battled leukemia for several years and now needs a bone marrow transplant. With that in mind, D.C. United and has teamed up with Be The Match Registry® to provide staff and fans an opportunity to join the registry in hopes of finding Gillespie, and possibly other patients in need of bone marrow transplants, a donor.
Fans attending Sunday's game against New York City FC (3 pm ET, MLS LIVE) can join the Be The Match Registry® between 11 am and 2 pm at RFK Stadium’s Lot 8 tailgate.
According to D.C. United's release on Sunday's drive, "Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity, and doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group more than 95 percent of the time. More young people of diverse racial and ethnic heritage are needed now to help Rob and patients like him searching for a match."
In addition, it costs $100 to add each member to the registry. Be The Match® relies on financial contributions to help cover those costs, and those joining the registry are asked to donate what they can.