Kappa Alpha Psi honors former member with bone marrow drive

Kappa Alpha Psi, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania fraternity, hosted a bone marrow drive Feb. 14 in honor of a former member and Robert Morris University professor who passed away.

Dr. Rex Crowley passed away due to lack of a bone marrow donation, and Kappa Alpha Psi, of the east central province, sought ways to contribute to the cause, Kappa Alpha Psi President Malcom X. Alston said.

The drive was co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Be The Match – a nationwide community committed to helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant, according to the Be The Match website.

To sign up for the national registry, a representative of the donor program took a swab of the inside of the cheek of the person wishing to be listed on the registry of donors, according to the IUP website.

About eight people joined the registry at the drive, Alston said.

“I would say the drive was very successful seeing how not only did we get people to register to donate, but we spread awareness of the disease and info about how to help otherwise unaware people,” Alston said.

Alston said even though the fraternity has no plans to host another bone marrow drive as of yet, the fraternity will “definitely consider continuing this effort in the future.”

“It was a truly humbling and honorable experience to us because we felt like we had a direct impact on something that hit all of us in the fraternity so close to home,” Alston said.