SUMMIT, NJ - The 'Be The Match' national registry will be hosting a bone marrow drive in Summit, on September 13, from 2 - 5 p.m., at the Myrtle Avenue Memorial Field gazebo. To begin the registration process and-or for further information, visit join.betthematch.org/PSULETTERMAN71, or text PSULETTERMAN71 to 61474.
The effort is part of a community-wide appeal to help Tim Freeman, a Summit resident, dedicated volunteer youth football coach, and former Penn State University offensive lineman, who has been diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. Married and the father of three children ages 18, 16, and 8, Freeman developed Summit's flag football program, its Elite Flag Football program, and has coached every level of Summit flag and tackle football.
Registering in person speeds up the Match process, but all can be involved by requesting a cheek swab kit be sent to their home. Those ages 18-44 are especially sought after and asked to attend as, according to bethematch.org, medical research has shown that cells from younger donors lead to better long-term survival for patients after transplant. Doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group 86% of the time.
Those over the age of 44 can participate by registering and then requesting a swab kit be sent to them.
Freeman was a three-year letterman at Penn State and a member of the undefeated 1986 National Championship team. As a Nittany Lion, Freeman received two prominent awards: The Red Worrell Award, given annually to the offensive player for exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice; and The Dick Maginnis Award, given annually to an outstanding Penn State offensive linemen who exemplifies the spirit, dedication and commitment which Maginnis himself displayed as a member of the 1980-83 PSU teams.
In a letter to the community accompanying the 'Be The Match' drive's call to action, Freeman notes that he grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, as one of three boys in a "strong military family," and that his "work ethic, values and sense of equality stem directly from my parents." His father, Lloyd, is a career, retired US Navy Senior Chief while his mother, Ann, is the daughter of US Army Colonel Frank Dulligan and herself a retired educator, having spent over 35 years at Cape Henry Collegiate as the Head of Lower School and Assistant Headmaster,
Following college and graduate school (MBA, UC Davis), Freeman spent more than 25 years on Wall Street while also coaching football in his spare time -- the entire time.
In concluding the letter, Freeman wrote, "This present test of my physical well-being pales in comparison to so many others’ struggles. I have the best doctors working on my behalf and organizations like Be the Match to help me along my journey. Together we can all Make an Impact on those around us. Your registration in Be the Match’s global database goes a long way in changing someone’s path in life."