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About Be The Match®

Every 3 minutes a person is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. In some situations, the only chance that a patient has for survival is to receive a bone marrow transplant or blood stem cell transplant. Finding a matching donor is often a difficult and arduous process.

In fact, 70% of patients don’t have a fully matched donor in their family. These patients often rely on a perfect stranger like you, to save their lives.

That’s why CBC offers Be The Match® – to connect patients such as Mira with critically important bone marrow donations.

More than 15,000 donors actively committed to the registry through The Community Blood Center join the 35 million donors worldwide committed to giving someone battling blood cancer or blood disease — like sickle cell or aplastic anemia — a second chance at life.

How does Be The Match® work?

Be The Match® is committed to providing the best possible outcome for patients. People between the ages of 18 and 44 are highly encouraged to join the registry. Donors within this age range are most often chosen to donate blood stem cells or bone marrow.

Those between the ages of 45 and 60 who want to join Be The Match Registry are welcome to do so, however, these donors are required to make a $100 donation to cover the cost of tissue typing.

How to join the registry:

  1. Sign up at join.bethematch.org/cbc.
  2. Swab your cheek at a Be The Match® event or with a swab kit mailed to you.
  3. Return your swab kit quickly – you could be someone’s only match!

Once your swab kit is received, you will be placed on the registry until age 61. You may be chosen to save someone’s life!

JOIN THE REGISTRY

What is bone marrow donation like?

75% of donors give through a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation. This process is similar to donating plasma or platelets.

Others give through a marrow donation. Marrow is withdrawn through a surgical procedure from the back of your pelvic bone with a needle. In this case, you’ll receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the procedure and return home the same day.

The patient’s doctor decides which method is best for the patient.


Volunteer with Be The Match®

Whether you’re interested in volunteering with a team, on your own, one-time, or for the long term, we have opportunities available to fit your interests.

What volunteers can do:

  • Work with those preparing to donate
  • Support patients receiving transplants
  • Raise awareness of Be The Match®
  • Write to lawmakers
  • Host a donor drive, in person or online
  • Become a Corporate Partner
  • Raise money for Be The Match®

Learn more by contacting btm@communityblood.org.