Project 44 was created in honor of the late Andrew Smith. Wearing the #44, Andrew was a beloved, standout member of Butler’s two-time NCAA Finals basketball team. Having been a personal recipient of a bone marrow transplant in November of 2015, Andrew and his wife Samantha were blessed with an additional three months together to make and share memories that would last well beyond Andrew’s final days on earth. On January 12, 2016, at the age of 25, Andrew passed away following a two-year battle with cancer.
Committed to carrying out Andrew’s selfless work, Project 44’s initial goal was to save 44 lives. With a 1:430 ratio of registrants to matches,18,920 new registry members are needed. Now an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Project 44’s enhanced broader mission is to save lives through bone marrow donation.
To date, Project 44 has added thousands to the registry, facilitated over 40 matches resulting in 10 stem-cell, life-saving transplants. To join the registry, text “ANDREW” to 61474. For more information or to support Project 44’s efforts, visit Project44.org or follow them on twitter, Instagram and facebook at @JoinProject44. Together, we can win the fight against blood cancer.
Proceeds from this shirt benefit Project 44.
- 4.2 oz.(US) 7 oz. (CA), 52/48 Airlume combed and ringspun cotton/polyester, 32 singles
- Retail fit
- Unisex sizing
- Coverstitched collar and sleeves
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
- Heather Navy