Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.
Who We Are – About Be The Match
Be The Match(R) is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Be The Match offers the public an opportunity to get involved by joining the Be The Match Registry, donating umbilical cord blood, contributing financially or volunteering time.
Finding a Match: The Basics
For a successful transplant, a patient needs a matching donor. Special testing determines whether a patient and a bone marrow donor or umbilical cord blood are a good match. The closer the match, the better for the patient.
Race and Ethnicity Matter
Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors and cord blood units from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the Be The Match Registry increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need.
NCIS Cast Members Ask Heroes to Join Be The Match
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Be The Match has launched a national consumer awareness campaign called SWABplusDNA = Save a Life to inspire heroes – just like you – to join the Be The Match Registry and save the lives of patients fighting blood cancer. The campaign includes television spots that feature Rocky Carroll, Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly from NCIS, the #1 drama on television on CBS. The campaign highlights the importance of DNA matching by featuring actors best known to Americans as forensic investigators.
The goal of SWABplusDNA = Save a Life is to add young diverse members to the registry of all races, notably African Americans, by visiting SWABplusDNA.org. Racially and ethnically diverse people are needed on the registry so all patients can get the life-saving transplant they need.
If you are 18 – 44, step up now and join. You are ten times more likely to be called to donate. Swab your cheek. Save a life. JOIN THE REGISTRY. The campaign also encourages people to text the words DNA to 50555 to contribute $10 to help add new members to the registry – text in your contribution today!
Be The Match – Making a Difference Every Year With Your Help
People like you have stepped up to help support the work of Be The Match. Each year, 10,000 patients with leukemia, lymphoma and many other life-threatening diseases need a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor, but only half receive one. Half is not enough. Help add more life-saving members to the Be The Match Registry, so that every searching patient can find a match.