You have the unique power to cure blood cancer. It’s in your DNA. You can give hope to patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, or
sickle cell disease.
Your heritage and age matter
Patients are most likely to match someone of their own race, and people ages 18-44 are called to donate more than 90% of the time. More young people
of diverse racial and ethnic heritage are needed now to help patients searching for a match.
Financial contributions matter, too Be The Match relies on financial contributions to help cover the $100 cost of adding a committed member to the registry. There is an immediate need for
funds to add young, diverse members to the registry. You will have the opportunity to make a financial contributionduring this registration process. We
encourage you to make a gift. Any amount helps.
It's easy to join the Be The Match Registry: 1. Confirm you meet basic registry guidelines.
2. Complete the online form and order your registration kit. When you join, please also consider making a financial contribution.
Over 10,000 patients need a marrow transplant. 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.
1. Confirm you meet basic registry guidelines.
2. Complete the online form and order your registration kit. When you join, please also
consider making a financial contribution.
3. Follow the instructions in your kit to collect a swab of cheek cells and return the kit.
Not a drop of blood is needed at the time a donor registers. All it takes is a simple swab of the inside of the cheek to be tested.
That’s because it’s all about genetics, and the cells collected from the inside
of the cheek carry your genetic code.
Here’s the process: a donor walks into a recruitment drive and wants to be tested.
The swab kit contains four buccal swabs that look like long Q-tips. One is used to
collect cells from the inside of the cheeks on each quadrant of the mouth – upper left,
lower left, upper right and lower right. Using pressure equal to that you would use when
brushing your teeth, the cells are collected into the cotton part of the swab and returned to
the kit to be sent to a lab for processing. It is just that easy, not to mention painless and quick.
Once your sample is processed, and you’ve become active in the registry database,
transplant centers and doctors will be able to search your record to see if you are a
match for their patient. And as long as you remain in general good health, you can
stay active in the registry from the age of eighteen until your sixty-first birthday!
Now how cool is that?
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