Black History Month
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Where there is hope, there is possibility

Black History is American History. As we commemorate the proud lineage that flows through the accomplishments of Black people, past and present, Be The Match celebrates you for your continued dedication to our lifesaving mission.

Our goal is to make sure cellular therapy is available to everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. Help us build a registry that is as diverse as the patients who need help.

There is a cure for sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a blood disorder that can cause severe pain, infection, organ damage, and other debilitating health problems. It’s a disease which disproportionately affects African Americans. It’s also a disease which has only one known cure: a blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant from an ethnically matched donor. Join the registry and get connected with us to learn what this disease can do and what you can do to help combat it.

Sickle cells blocking blood flow

Change the odds

Current likelihood of finding a match based on ethnic background

White 77%, Black or African American 35%

White 77%, Black or African American 23%

You can save a life. With a few simple steps, you’re on your way to making a big difference.


We can elevate and honor African Americans who have shaped the world through trailblazing innovation. Make deeper connections and learn their stories. Here are some incredible individuals who inspire us. Join us on social and share what #BlackHistoryMeans to you.

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is quickly becoming a modern-day trailblazer on the front lines of race to develop a COVID-19 cure. Her medical achievements, while beneficial to the world, have a great impact on African Americans who have been hit hardest by this centuries deadliest pandemic.

Dr. Staci Arnold

Dr. Staci Arnold

As a specialist in pediatric hematology with an expertise in caring for children undergoing stem cell transplantation; Dr. Staci Arnold is dedicated to increasing awareness about the diseases that affect not only African Americans but the communities in which she serves. She works everyday toward closing the disparity gap in medicine.

Black Blood Heals Podcast

Black Blood Heals is an original podcast presented by Be The Match in partnership with iHeartRadio. In this compelling monthly podcast series, we explore the stories of heroic Black donors who have saved lives and Black patients in need of life-saving stem cell and bone marrow transplants. Hear from Black doctors about disparities in health care affecting the Black community and learn how you can take action to save a life and change outcomes for patients battling blood cancer, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening diseases.

About Be The Match®

For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry®, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. ​ Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research through its research program, CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®), so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.