Mississippi State Bulldogs Partake in Lemons for Leukemia Challenge

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 08: Mississippi State fans wave cowbells in the first quarter of a NCAA college football game against Auburn on September 8, 2012 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 08: Mississippi State fans wave cowbells in the first quarter of a NCAA college football game against Auburn on September 8, 2012 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images) /
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The Lemons for Leukemia Challenge is Making its Way Around the Mississippi State Bulldogs Athletics Department

The Mississippi State Bulldogs athletics department is not one to shy away from raising awareness of those in need. The Mississippi State softball team has its own campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and those fighting it. Several other programs have joined in there.

Now, another campaign, this one in the form of a challenge, is making its way through the Mississippi State athletics department. This one is a nationwide one that was started by a pair of friends to raise awareness and support for leukemia.

The Lemons for Leukemia Challenge was started by Chris Betancourt, who was diagnosed with leukemia, and his best friend, Dillon Hill. The two responded to Betancourt’s diagnosis by creating a viral challenge in hopes of getting people to realize the need for bone marrow donations.

Their campaign benefits Be The Match as it encourages people to join their registry. Be The Match collects information and helps those that need life saving bone marrow transplants find an available donor.

Groups of Mississippi State Bulldogs stumbled upon the campaign and are now participating. It currently appears that the MSU volleyball team found it first.

Then, after they completed the challenge, they invited others to join in. Their targets were the men’s tennis team, the baseball team, and the soccer team.

Once challenged, the MSU soccer team took up the cause as well. From there, they have gone on to challenge several other teams.

If you want to join the Be The Match registry, you can do so here.  If you want to partake in the challenge, go ahead and do so right now. It could truly make an impact in someone’s life. Maybe even someone you know.