Be The Match: Helping those with Blood Cancer through the National Marrow Donor Program
Lecture and Presentation by Curt Smith
In January of 2016, Butler University academic and basketball standout Andrew Smith passed away after a two year battle with leukemia. Today, Curt Smith travels to schools, churches and other organizations to share his family's experience and to explain how young people can give hope to blood cancer victims by simply registering with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match, operated by the NMDP, has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.
Curt Smith delivers "Be The Match" from a conservative Christian perspective coupled with deeply-felt respect and affirmation for those suffering through end-of-life situations and their care-givers, regardless of their faith convictions or lack thereof. This speech is similar to Curt's "Cancer Lessons" speech, but focuses less on the spiritual aspect of Andrew's story and more on the promotion of Be The Match program.
The speech is delivered with humor, cheer and sober candor, and peppered with anecdotes from Curt's fascinating 35 career in politics, both in front and behind the camera, working for some of the country's foremost political and cultural leaders.