If you match a patient, you have the right to change your mind. However, a late decision to not donate can be life-threatening to a patient. Please think seriously about your commitment before joining the registry.
Your commitment to patients
Once you join the registry, the most important thing you can do is stay committed. Show your commitment by taking this life-saving pledge:
As a Member of Be The Match Registry®
I understand that:
- By joining the registry, I am saying I am willing to donate to any patient in need.
- The cheek swab or blood sample I gave when I joined was only used to add me to the registry. It was not a donation for a patient.
- I will be listed on the registry until I am 61, unless I inform Be The Match® that I’m unwilling or unable to donate.
Support the cause. There are other ways to be the cure.
If I match a patient:
- I will respond quickly.
- I will be asked to give a blood sample for further testing.
- I will be asked to make a time commitment of 20 to 30 hours over a 4- to 6-week period to attend appointments and donate.
- If I donate peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), I will receive injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells in my bloodstream.
- If I donate marrow, anesthesia will be used.
I promise to:
- Keep my Be The Match contact information up to date.
- Share my decision to join the registry with family and friends so I have their support if called as a match.
Share your commitment to marrow donation with your friends and family using our social media badges.