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Please recall the story of Yale University women's hockey player Mandi Schwartz. The 22-year-old center for the Bulldogs is battling acute myeloid leukemia and at the stage of the fight she's in, Schwartz is in need of a stem-cell transplant to survive.

At this moment in her fight, however, Schwartz is currently in a Seattle hospital preparing for a cord blood transplant that will take place on Aug. 26. The cord blood match comes from a baby that shares a birthday with Schwartz. Over the past two years, Yale has held bone-marrow drives and tested over 1,600 people to help find a match for Mandi and other patients in need of transplants.

While a donor has been found, the family is continuing to search for others. Schwartz's brother Jaden — a St. Louis Blues draft pick this past June — said that the cord blood is a very good match, but not 100 percent.

Her father Rick spoke with YaleBulldogs.com about Mandi's current condition:

"She has been undergoing pre-tests for the transplant and we are participating in some educational seminars. Her health is good and she is continuing to work on some strengthening to ensure she is in good condition for the transplant. Her transplant team of professionals has done a great job ensuring she is comfortable with and knowledgeable about the upcoming transplant."

As she awaits the transplant date of Aug. 26, this Sunday Schwartz will throw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners game.

Rick Schwartz emphasized that the donor search for others will continue:

"Cord blood donations and bone marrow registration still remain our family's top priorities. Education and awareness about the world-wide need for donors benefits not just us but all patients in need of a transplant and there are many such patients."

For information on how you can help, visit Mandi's section on the Yale Bulldogs website.

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