About

Honoring Andrew

Launched in 2016, Project 44 was created in honor of the late Andrew Smith, a beloved member of Butler’s two-time NCAA Finals basketball team. After receiving a bone marrow transplant in November of 2015, Andrew lived an additional three months alongside his wife Samantha and made memories that will last a lifetime. In January 2016, Andrew (25) passed away following a two-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Now, Project 44’s is committed to carrying out Andrew’s legacy. With the initial goal of saving 44 lives, the organization aims to add new members to the bone marrow donation registry. But it faces a steep climb.

With a 430:1 ratio of registrants to matches, we need 18,920 new registry members. Will you support us?

Honoring Andrew

Launched in 2016, Project 44 was created in honor of the late Andrew Smith, a beloved member of Butler’s two-time NCAA Finals basketball team. After receiving a bone marrow transplant in November of 2015, Andrew lived an additional three months alongside his wife Samantha and made memories that will last a lifetime. In January 2016, Andrew (25) passed away following a two-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Now, Project 44’s is committed to carrying out Andrew’s legacy. With the initial goal of saving 44 lives, the organization aims to add new members to the bone marrow donation registry. But it faces a steep climb.

With a 430:1 ratio of registrants to matches, we need 18,920 new registry members. Will you support us?

Meet the team who makes it possible

Now an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit, Project 44’s broader mission is to save lives by promoting the bone marrow registry.

Samantha Smith

Founder

Krissi Edgington

Founder

Christina Laun Fugate

Board Director

Partner, Ice Miller

Graham Honaker

Board Director

Executive Director of Principal Gifts, Butler University

Christina Laun Fugate

Board Director

Partner, Ice Miller

Graham Honaker

Board Director

Executive Director of Principal Gifts, Butler University

Loren Snyder

Board Director

Managing Director, Baird

Adam Krupp

Board Director

Senior Director, Resultant

Lauren Houldsworth

Board Director

Project 44/Be The Match, Butler University

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The Story of Chase Stigall & Deegan Scott

A few months after Butler teammate of Andrew’s Chase Stigall joined Project 44’s registry, he met his match – a 4-year old in Ohio. And he saved his life.

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Join the registry

Join the bone marrow donation registry. In the event your name is called, you’ll potentially save their life.

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Give to the cause

Looking for another way to support Project 44 and the fight against blood cancer? We accept financial resources.

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Co-host a drive

Want to help us add more people for the bone marrow donation registry? Support a drive in your community.

Host a Project 44 Drive

Thank you for your interest in joining the Project 44 team. Did you know joining the registry is as simple as a cheek swab? By hosting a registry drive, you have the unique ability to literally save lives!

Please complete the form below, and a member of the Project 44 team will contact you to begin the process!