Springfield, Mass. - March 31, 2017 - Springfield College's Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.), of the women's basketball program, recently continued her hard work in the community, as she underwent a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation as part of the "Be The Match" organization and their national bone marrow registry at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center this past Wednesday.
King, a junor Sport Management major at Springfield College, went through a PBSC donation, which is a nonsurgical procedure to collect blood-forming cells for bone marrow transplants. PBSC donation is one of two methods of collecting blood-forming cells for bone marrow transplants. The same blood-forming cells that are found in bone marrow are also found in circulation (peripheral) blood.
Ninety percent of all PBSC donations are completed in 1 apheresis session, which may take up to 8 hours. The remaining 10 percent of donation are completed in two aperesis sessions, which take between four and six hours each.
King is now the second female student-athlete and sixth student-athlete overall at Springfield College to work with "Be The Match". A recent graduate of the women's track and field team, and several members of the football team have been selected in recent years.
Alyssa Unikewicz of the women's track and field team participated during the 2015-16 academic year, while participants from the Springfield College football program include former offensive lineman Joe Cianciolo, former wide receiver Phil Baier, former defensive back Dan Crawford, former defensive end, Matt Mailhot, current graduate assistant coach Louis DiRienzo and former graduate assistant coach, John White.
King is no stranger to dedicating her time and effort outside of Blake Arena, as the junior, along with the women's basketball program at Springfield College, have been active participants with Team IMPACT. The women's basketball team partnered with Team IMPACT in the spring of 2015 when they welcomed Lisa Hartley, a 16-year-old girl with Type B and Bulky Hodgkin's Lymphoma, onto the team.