Bone Marrow Registry, Judson University Partner for 2017 World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series | Judson University Christian College
Bone Marrow Registry, Judson University Partner for 2017 World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series

Jim Munroe - October 9(ELGIN, IL – September 7, 2017) Judson University is partnering with the nonprofit Be the Match to provide information on bone marrow donations during its World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series on October 9, 2017. This year’s keynote speaker, Jim Munroe, credits Be the Match for his leukemia survival. Jennell Jenney, whose bone marrow donation saved Munroe’s life, will also be present at the event.

Operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, Be the Match seeks to save lives by facilitating bone marrow transplants. The nonprofit organization has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world for more than 25 years.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with an organization that is so important to this community and our keynote speaker,” said Judson University President Dr. Gene Crume. “We hope Be the Match’s presence on campus will help students and visitors learn more about the organization and ways they can help.”

In addition to being the keynote speaker for Judson’s annual event, Munroe is an author and renowned magician. In 2009, he was given only months to live after receiving a harrowing leukemia diagnosis at age 29. Munroe recovered thanks to a bone marrow donation facilitated by Be the Match and now travels the world to share his inspiring story while impressing with illusions.

“The vast majority of blood cancer patients don’t have a fully matched donor in their family,” said Munroe. “I know I wouldn’t be here today without Be the Match. I’m so grateful to them and happy that they’ll be at this event with me.”

The goal of the World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series is to offer Judson students and the Chicagoland community an opportunity to be inspired by significant thought leaders. The series has previously featured Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton and Life Without Limbs author and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic.

Ticket and event information
Munroe will speak and perform at Herrick Chapel on the Judson University campus in Elgin on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are now available for $25, while priority seats are $75 and VIP tickets are $500. For ticketing and sponsorship information, visit

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