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Together, we can be change makers and save lives to shape tomorrow

Be The Match® recognizes and celebrates Black History Month and the accomplishments of Black people, past and present. Black history is American history. Be The Match is committed to Black wellness and continues to work each day so every patient can receive the life-saving transplant they need.

We want all Black and African Americans to have the opportunity to create history.

In memory of
Ebi Porbeni

A legacy impacting the future

Ebi Porbeni was a nurse, social media influencer and host of the Nurse Speak podcast.

In September 2020, Ebi was diagnosed with leukemia and shared his cancer battle with his social media followers. Ebi passed away on July 20, 2021.

Ebi inspired more than 15,500 potential donors to join the Be The Match Registry®. His advocacy will be remembered forever.

This Black History Month, Be The Match is donating $10,000 to the National Black Nurses Association in Ebi’s name to help Black and African American students entering the heath care field.

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1 out of every 365 Black or African American is born with sickle cell disease

There is a cure for sickle cell and blood cancers like leukemia—a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor of the same ethnic background.

A great example of Black and African Americans caring for their own, nearly 750,000 in the U.S. have signed up to donate life-saving blood stem cells—the only known cure for diseases like sickle cell.

We want all sickle cell warriors know a cure exists.

As more patients gain access to cellular therapy, more and more donors are needed.

Chance of finding a life-saving match

In recent years, more Black and African Americans have joined the Be The Match Registry® helping increase the chances from 23% to 29% that a Black and African American patient will find a match.

This change means more Black lives will be saved.

During Black History Month, you can take action and continue to increase these odds.

History in the making

Read inspiring stories of real people. We can influence the future and create possibilities.
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Meet Ryder

Five-year-old Ryder has a rare blood disease and is searching for a Black or African American donor. His match is out there, they just haven’t joined the registry yet.

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Meet Donna and Tiana

Tiana (right) saved Donna’s life by donating blood stem cells. These two women went down in history as the 100,000 pair to donate and receive stem cells through Be The Match.

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Meet Javion

Javion is a Be The Match intern currently studying theater and education at Texas Southern University. His goal in life is to leave a legacy of success and positivity.

More ways to make a difference

Give a gift

One simple action gives hope for a cure. Your financial gift or dollars raised through starting a fundraiser can help patients afford a transplant, find a matching donor and fund life-saving research. You can help save a life.

Support legislative efforts

Advocacy is critically important to protect access and expand coverage for patients needing a life-saving stem cell transplant.

Host a donor drive

Help recruit donors to the registry by hosting an online or socially distanced in-person event.

About Be The Match®

Be The Match is a global leader working every day to save lives through cellular therapy. For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other blood disorders like sickle cell, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with a matching donor for a life-saving blood stem cell transplant. The Be The Match Registry® is the most diverse registry in the world and includes both adult donors willing to donate to a stranger in need and stored cord blood units. In addition, Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is also a global leader in research through the CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®)—a collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin, investing in and managing research studies that improve patient outcomes and advance the future of care.