The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recognized Rod Carew, Baseball Hall of Famer and Advocate for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)/Be the Match, at the 57th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, for his outstanding support of biomedical research and the practice of
Rod Carew received the 2015 ASH Outstanding Service Award, an honor recognizing effective “behind-the-scenes” leadership in areas relevant to the mission of the Society, for his efforts to raise public awareness about the need for volunteer bone marrow donors.
After his daughter was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 1995 at the age of 17, Mr. Carew began to work tirelessly to find a matched donor for his daughter so she could receive a potentially curative bone marrow transplant. In doing so, he raised national awareness about the need for marrow donors. Since then, Mr. Carew’s work with NMDP/Be the Match and Be the Match Foundation has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to join the registry and increased minority enrollment. Mr. Carew has also helped to raise millions of dollars to support the Pediatric Research Foundation over the past 20 years through the Rod
Carew Children’s Cancer Golf Classic as well as other fundraising efforts. ■