The facts about donation in 30 seconds or less
Be The Match donor and celebrity advocate AJ Rafael teamed up with Dr. Ron Jacob from Be The Match and content creators Aja Dang and Melemaikalani Makalapua to answer the most popular questions about blood stem cell donation. Find out how donation changes lives… maybe even yours!
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We need lifesavers like you
You can help increase the odds—about half of AANHPI patients do not have a matching blood stem cell donor on the Be The Match Registry®. When people who are Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander register, more AANHPI lives will be saved.
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Stories of hope
Blood stem cell donor
AJ Rafael is an accomplished singer-songwriter, actor and content creator, known for his studio album “Red Roses,” which reached the iTunes and Billboard charts. AJ has over 4 million followers across YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. His theatre project include “Burn all Night,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Grease,” “Spring Awakening,” among others. The city of Los Angeles named AJ the Filipino American Game Changer in 2018. He will be featured in several upcoming TV and film projects in 2023 and beyond.
Blood stem cell donor
“I was hoping I’d get called. I’m part of a minority group—I’m South Korean. I was actually adopted by my parents when I was about 4 months old. So, I guess it made me think about if there are other people out there like me who, say, need a transplant, and they don’t have family members directly that can be a match or even potentially be a match. It’d be cool if someone else could do it.”
Rhyder was born with a rare disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). He takes daily medication and has an infusion every eight weeks to manage his disease. However, he needs a blood stem cell transplant to have a chance at curing his HLH.
Diagnosed with beta-thalassemia major before birth, Rushi’s journey from searching patient to transplant was long and difficult. In 2021, Rushi and his family were ecstatic when after 10 years of searching, they found a matching donor—Ketan.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Be The Match AANHPI Member Enrollment Program?
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The AANHPI Member Enrollment Program has a team of bilingual and bicultural staff with expertise outreaching and supporting patients in the following communities: Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and South Asian. Support for additional communities may be available by request.
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