Bone marrow drive at Cardinals game

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Jenifer Langosch, Cardinals reporter for MLB.com, hopes to be a matchmaker at Saturday’s game.

“From 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., so pregame and then the first two hours of the game we’re going to be out in center field near the family pavilion,” Langosch said. “We’ll be signing people up for a bone marrow registry and educating them about the process of donating bone marrow to those awaiting a transplant.”

The MLB.com writer for the Redbirds and 101 ESPN Radio host has helped put together a 'Be the Match' drive for Saturday’s Cardinals-Braves game.

The event, organized by baseball writers and the Cardinals, is to honor former St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Joe Strauss, who died from leukemia last December.

“I think a lot of us in the communications department still miss our friend. Joe Strauss was someone we worked with every single day,” says Ron Watermon, a team spokesman. “He could make you laugh. Just such an extraordinary journalist, actually one of the best journalists I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. His colleagues came to us at spring training came to us and said, ‘We want to do something.’”

A simple swab of your mouth Saturday in Ford Plaza could result in a bone marrow match that could save the life of a perfect stranger.

“Seventy percent of the time a donor does not have a family match so they have to wait and hope for a stranger to sign up for the registry and become their life saving match,” said Langosch.

Langosch hopes a record number of fans sign up to be the match and remember a fellow baseball writer.

And you’ll be able to tell others about the good work Joe Strauss and his friends are doing, thanks to the Best Fans in Baseball.