Be the Match Night

Central Cabarrus at Hickory Ridge

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Remembering Todd Kevin Rose

The Hickory Ridge High School girls basketball coach continues to recruit possible donors to the national BE THE MATCH Registry.

On Wednesday, January 10th, Hickory Ridge HS will join forces with Central CabarrusHigh School to help save lives. Hickory Ridge will host the fourth annual BE THE MATCH drive in memory of Todd Kevin Rose, the brother of the girls basketball coach Tolonda Rose Simmons. For the past five years  BE THE MATCH drives we are averaging about 12 individuals taking the step and signing up,  Simmons said.

Todd was a v

ery loving, kind, and generous person. His infectious smile won the hearts of many. He would very willingly do anything that he could to help others, even strangers, often times going over and beyond what was required or expected of him. On October 24, 2010, Todd was diagnosed with leukemia, a form of cancer. Unfortunately on October 24th, 2012, at Duke University hospital Todd lost the battle to such a mean disease.

Morrow donors in our community are urgently needed to save the lives of patients with diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell anemia.  Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their ethnic background. Many patients are in need of a matching blood type.

Hendrick BMW of Charlotte, Hendrick BMW of Northlake, and Hendrick Mini of Charlotte are sponsoring the basketball players and coaches’ from both schools with special t-shirt and coaches shirts with an orange ribbon. Todd worked for the Hendrick Automotive Group for 24 years.

Please come out and join the BE THE MATCH REGISTRY, ages 18 to 44 on Wednesday, January 10th from 3:30 until 8:00 at Hickory Ridge High School Auxiliary Gym, 7321 Raging Ridge Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075.

Contact Info: Addie Saunders, BE The Match,, 704-921-3578, or Tolonda Simmons,, 704-454-6556

Every $100 raised helps add another member to the registry. Make a contribution today at or you may drop it off in the front office at Hickory Ridge HS.

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