Be The Match (bethematch.org) is the largest and most diverse international bone marrow registry headquartered in Minnesota, U.S. Be The Match is dedicated to providing a cure (literally) for patients diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma. Be The Match keeps records on all registered donors who are committed to donating and saving patient lives by donating their own stem cells. Without these donors, many patients with leukemia and lymphoma will not live another day.
Maybe you, family member or someone in your social circle was given a second chance at life because of an anonymous donor, someone who committed himself or herself to save someone’s life. If you’re concerned about anonymity, don’t worry. The policy at BeTheMatch.org maintains confidentiality and anonymity. Some patients and donors meet after a specified period of time with consensus by both parties.
If you are the patient, you definitely want to meet the person who saved your life; without the donor’s generosity, the patient would die.
I was fortunate that one of my biological brothers was my 100% match. But if he was unable to donate because of a health condition jeopardizing his life, there was an anonymous donor who was also a 100% match through BeThe Match. How grateful I was to know that a stranger was waiting in the wings willing to donate stem cells so I could live. There are no words to express the wonder and gratefulness for getting another chance at living. Before leukemia and stem cell transplant, there was so much I wish to do, to explore, to make a difference. And now I get to do exactly this!
The method of donating stem cells is easy, convenient, quick and low risk compared to other types of organ donation. It is NOT like other organ transplants where donors go through a surgical procedure and then need downtime to recover from the procedure. I repeat, donating stem cells is much less risky with much shorter recovery time.
AGE AND MEDICAL GUIDELINES:
–Be between 18 – 44 years old. If you are, you are the cure for patients diagnosed with high-risk blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Leukemia does not discriminate…it is an environmental disease and can affect anyone – young, old, female, male, LGBT, any ethnic group, in any country.
–Be committed to donating to any patient in need.
–Meet the HEALTH GUIDELINES…click here for an easy one page PDF.
REGISTER @ BeTheMatch.org AS A DONOR:
–Log onto Be The Match webpage to join Be The Match Registry -> choose ‘Join Online’. Be The Match will mail a cheek swab kit to you. Follow the instruction carefully, and mail it back within 1 to 3 days; there is a time limit to how long your DNA is active.
–View this excellent instructional video from Be The Match on how to use the cheek swab kit – click here.
STATISTICS IN FINDING A MATCHED ADULT DONOR ON BETHEMATCH.ORG REGISTRY:
If you are caucasian, your chances of finding a match (DNA match) at Be The Match is 77%. That means more Caucasian patients, than any other ethnic group, are matched with a registered marrow donor, and that is very good news!
Other ethnic group donors are less than 60%, most likely is due to a lack of awareness of what BeTheMatch.org does and their mission in saving people’s lives from leukemia and lymphoma.
A FEW QUESTIONS BY DONORS:
There are always questions by donors on how it will affect them, such as “What’s Donation Like, Will It Hurt, Are There Any Risk Factors”…click here to get answers to your questions or call Be The Match Contact at 1 (800) MARROW-2 (1-800-627-7692) Monday–Friday (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CST).
When donating stem cell, it will be peripheral 80% of the time – see picture below.
What if you or a very important person in your life needed a stem-cell transplant to save her/his life? How would you feel if you had a match through Be The Match?
Make a difference in someone’s life…please become a stem cell donor.
When you become a donor, you are saving a patient’s life. AND every person in the patient’s inner and outer circles…family, friends, colleagues, social groups, associates, neighborhoods, college mates, children, local communities, businesses…see what I mean?
Contact Be The Match at 1 (800) MARROW-2 (1-800-627-7692) Monday–Friday (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CST)
- Questions on medical guidelines
- Questions on your commitment related to joining the registry
- Difficulty with the registration process