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Team Be The Match Champion Challenge

June 24, 2019

This summer Team Be The Match presents the Champion Challenge. You can help cure blood cancer just by being more active this summer! With the Champion Challenge, you choose your activity, how much money you want to raise and get friends and family to donate toward your goal. Then rise to the top for the ultimate reward: more lives saved.

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Joining a clinical trial after your transplant

November 06, 2017

Before your transplant, you may have been asked to join a clinical trial, also known as a research study. A clinical trial is a way for doctors to gather information about how well a specific treatment might work.

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Feeling thankful during a difficult transplant recovery

November 06, 2017

It’s not unusual for people to feel thankful to be alive after overcoming a life-threatening illness. But being thankful after a blood or marrow transplant (BMT) can be difficult if you are also coping.

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TODAY Show celebrates donors for sharing kindness

January 09, 2017

NBC’s TODAY Show recently featured two courageous transplant patients: the young woman, Markel, who met her life-saving marrow donor, Shauna for the first time in New York, and 7-year-old Anna, who received her transplant last fall.

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A story of life-saving generosity

July 28, 2017

Jox is a 43 year old teacher, father and husband – and the ultimate altruist. In 2008, he donated blood-forming stem cells to help a searching patient in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. But his selflessness didn’t stop there.

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Estella only has weeks to find a match

June 18, 2019

Estella is a wife and mother searching for her perfect match. Could you be her cure?

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Taking care of yourself when caring for a transplant patient

January 07, 2018

Researchers know that transplant caregivers are affected physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually by the transplant process and recovery. But caregivers may be thinking about all they have to do, and not thinking of taking care of themselves.

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Coping with body image changes after transplant

July 09, 2018

There are many side effects of a blood or marrow transplant (BMT) that can impact your body image. These include hair loss, skin and muscle changes, and weight gain or loss. Some side effects, such as fatigue (feeling tired), aren’t visible, but can still affect your body image.

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Meet Lorayne: Peer Connect volunteer

January 07, 2018

Lorayne was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in October 2011, and 5 months later received a transplant. Now, Lorayne wants to give back and help others going through the transplant process. She has been a Peer Connect volunteer for about 4 years now.

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First Livermore Spirit Award given to Roby Walls

June 14, 2019

Jay Livermore was an outstanding volunteer for the Be The Match® Walk+Run event, raising awareness and critical funding for the past 6 years on behalf of his brother Leigh. To honor Jay and his dedication to Be The Match, the Livermore Spirit Award was created to recognize an outstanding individual committed to our life-saving mission.

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Best friends both called to donate

November 11, 2016

Best friends Brad and Miranda joined the Be The Match Registry® at different times and for different reasons. Neither of them could have guessed what a difference their decisions would make.

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The donation journey of a high school student

April 06, 2016

At just 18 years old, Jonah has accomplished so much. He’s a math whiz on his high school’s math league, takes college-level math classes, and is a competitive Rubik’s Cube champion. He is also a hero to a patient who needed a marrow transplant.

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Returning to work after transplant: Tips for success

July 09, 2018

Doctors usually suggest transplant recipients wait at least 1 year before going back to work after transplant. That’s because it can take a year or more for your immune system to recover.

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Dad characteristics we love

June 13, 2019

Over the years, we’ve seen so many incredible dads demonstrate generosity, passion, and creativity in saving lives. This Father’s Day, we want to celebrate these everyday heroes who are moving mountains to change lives. Here are three dad characteristics we love.

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Support for siblings after a blood or marrow transplant

September 05, 2018

Transplant and recovery is an emotional and challenging time for families. Each family member will cope differently as your child recovers. Your child’s siblings may experience stress in different ways, too.

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Tips for a gradual return to healthy exercise habits after transplant

September 05, 2018

You may feel ready to get back to some of the healthy habits you had before transplant, or start some new ones. Just like before your treatment, being physically active is one of the keys to feeling better and staying healthy.

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My Bone Marrow Donation Journey

September 17, 2018

In 2013, Aja-Reigh was working for a news station, and was fortunate enough to do a story on Be The Match® and it inspired her to join the registry. A year later, she was called to be a donor for a kid with sickle cell disease.

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Governor Dayton proclaims Sept. 21 Jason Carter Clinical Trials Program Day

September 24, 2018

To celebrate the legacy of Jason Carter and his drive to make a difference, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Sept. 21, 2018 as Jason Carter Clinical Trials Program Day.

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Ideas for expressing gratitude to your caregiver

November 08, 2018

The season of thankfulness may be inspiring you to express your gratitude for your caregiver. Expressing gratitude helps your caregiver feel appreciated, but it also has health benefits for you, too.

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Counting down the days to Super Bowl LIVE

January 16, 2018

Since June, Be The Match has partnered with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC), and we are thrilled to be working with this organization. This partnership is a great opportunity to celebrate our communities’ diversity while raising awareness of our life-saving mission.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Tom Teach

February 07, 2018

Tom Teach’s commitment to Be The Match® started when his 4-year old grandson, Ben, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Ben received a bone marrow transplant and for nearly six months after, Ben was cancer free. But when Ben’s leukemia returned, nothing could be done.

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A donor-recipient meeting helps raise awareness among D.C. lawmakers

April 03, 2018

On March 20, in Washington, D.C., a first-time meeting between a marrow transplant recipient and her donor forged a life-long connection between two women. The meeting also raised awareness about how Congressional support is vital to help future patients get the marrow or cord blood transplants they need.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Justin and Kristin Akin

April 16, 2018

For Kristin and Justin Akin, being a volunteer Be The Match® courier lets them not only act as a bridge between patient and donor, but also allows them to honor the memory of their two sons, Matthew and Andrew.

 

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Summer safety: Take steps to take care of yourself

April 25, 2018

With all you’ve been through, or are going through, it’s important to enjoy the simple pleasures of life after transplant. The warmth of the sun, the fresh summertime air, an outdoor barbeque with family and friends. By taking a few special precautions, you can enjoy the summertime and protect your health.

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My Sickle Cell Warrior Story

June 19, 2018

I have lived sickle cell free for nine years. When I think about my life with sickle cell (SC), I remember my first day of kindergarten–closing my eyes to check if I was feeling pain anywhere in my body. I did not. I was feeling completely normal. 

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Ed Plass and his impact with Be The Match

June 20, 2018

In December of 2011, at age 68, Ed underwent an unrelated cord blood transplant to treat acute myelogenous leukemia, a life-threatening blood cancer. As a survivor of this intensely difficult treatment, he has dedicated much of his life to helping others going through the same process.

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An unexpected bond

February 25, 2019

Latral always knew helping others was her calling, which explains her 20 years of experience in the medical field. She is the head dialysis technician at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. In 2014, Latral and her husband were soon to celebrate their anniversary when Latral fell ill and knew something wasn't right.

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A doctor’s race to support bone marrow donor registration

June 05, 2019

Dr. Lam Do, whose son’s life was saved by a bone marrow transplant, will lead a team in a cross-country cycling race to help register potential donors. Dr. Do will trade his white coat for a cycling jersey when he leads Team SuperMarrow in the 9-day, 3,000-mile Race Across America. 

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Super Star Advocate: Caron Myers

April 06, 2018

Back in 1983, Caron’s sweet, 5-year-old daughter Brandy was diagnosed with cancer. The previous year, doctors thought her illness was just juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Months later, they found out how wrong they were. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoblastic lymphoma, a sister disease to leukemia.

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Chemo brain: Learning how to cope

May 22, 2019

Are you having a hard time staying focused or remembering things? Do simple tasks take much longer than they used to? You may be experiencing a side effect of chemotherapy, often referred to as “chemo brain”. Chemo brain can be manageable, but coping with its emotional effects is not always easy. 

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Living with chronic GVHD of the eyes

May 22, 2019

Nearly 10 months after his transplant, Chris was back working in the office when he caught a cold from a co-worker. “My donor immune system did what it was supposed to do,” says Chris. “It rose up and fought off the illness, but then it didn’t calm down.” 

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World Marrow Donor Day

May 21, 2019

Thank you to all the blood stem cell donors and registry members who are saving lives around the world!

Did you know that nearly 50% of all blood stem cell transplants use international donations? 

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Take one day at a time

May 13, 2019

Lorayne’s journey through AML diagnosis, treatment and recovery It was Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. Lorayne had just dismissed her class of kindergartners for the day when the school office told her she needed to call her doctor right away. 

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Coping with anxiety after transplant

November 08, 2018

Have you worried about the future? Felt anxious waiting for biopsy results? Or had persistent thoughts about graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)? You’re not alone. Sometimes anxiety is helpful, but too much worry about infection can slow your recovery if it limits your normal daily activities.

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