Yesterday, DiMichele, Megan Kita and Marc Schaffer were on hand at Temple's Student Center, where 225 newbies had their mouths swabbed. Their DNA will be put in the registry and, if there is a match ,they'll get a call to donate their marrow.
For Temple, it's personal.
On March 22, 2011, Misha Daughtry, the football team's equipment manager, lost a 3-year battle with leukemia.
Kita was Daughtry's college roomate. Schaffer, now a graduate extern in athletic training, worked with her on the team. DiMichele, of course, was on the team.
"Megan did all the work to get us to today," DiMichele said in a release. "People take notice of our football players on campus. Today we asked them, 'Would you like to save a life?' How often do you get to ask someone that question?"
For Kita, yesterday was special.
"[It] was really awesome," she said. "One of the volunteers worked for the hospital when Misha was there. She told a few stories about Misha. You can feel her presence. It gives me chills."
Last year, Schaffer learned he was a match and donated marrow to a 21-year-old with lymphoma.
"I get updates on his health every 6 months and hope to someday meet him," Schafferm said.
For more information, go to BeTheMatch.org.