Jason Momoa was at BYU-Hawaii to support ‘Be the Match’

The BYU-Hawaii Health Professionals Club partnered with “Be the Match,” a nationwide bone marrow donation program, and hosted American actor and Hawaiian native Jason Momoa.

A BYU-Hawaii Facebook post reported that the campaign helped raise awareness of the “Be the Match” registry and helped more than 350 people stamp and join the registry’s list.

In photos from the event, Momoa is seen holding a baby boy named Rhyder, a Hawaiian resident who needs a blood stem cell transplant.

On Instagram, one user replied to BYU–Hawaii’s post about the event: “Thank you BYU Hawaii for hosting this event. Rhyder and my family felt the warm welcome and aloha from all of you. This event will further raise awareness of the lack of Asian-American and Pacific Islander donors in the registry. It is such a blessing to know that over 350 people have signed up for the registry. It brings us closer to finding Rhyder’s match, and it also gives hope to many others still searching. Thanks again.”

According to Hawaii News Now, Momoa’s friend is battling acute myeloid leukemia and needs a blood stem cell transplant.

Momoa thanked everyone for coming and appealed to the audience to see if they could be a match as well.

Momoa is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His film credits include portraying Aquaman in the DC Films superhero and the role of Duncan Idaho in “Dune.”

In a story on Facebook, several BYU-Hawaii students explained why they joined the registry during the event: “I dabbed because I care.” “I dabbed because I want to be a superhero and save lives.”

BYU-Hawaii students and community members participate in a “Be the Match” campaign event on the BYU-Hawaii campus.

Jerry B. Hatch