The bone marrow drive was held in honor of former UMaine football assistant coach, Jeff Cole

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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- For UMaine football head coach Jack Cosgrove, giving back to the community is an important part of being a Black Bear. Cozzy and the football team put those words into action Wednesday by hosting a bone marrow drive in Maine's Memorial Union.

The drive is part of a national organization called "Be the Match" which works every day to save lives through transplants. The event is also held in honor of Jeff Cole, a former UMaine assistant football coach who died of cancer in 2004.

For patients diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma, a bone marrow transplant means a chance for a cure, and a Mainer who stopped in to become part of the bone marrow registry could be the one to help.

The Maine women's basketball and soccer teams also volunteered Wednesday.

This is the seventh year Maine football has hosted a bone marrow drive.

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