Ryder believes there is a match out there
It could be you. Register to become a blood stem cell donor today to give Ryder another chance at life.
Don’t let a blood disease take
away his childhood.
Ryder was recently diagnosed with a rare blood disease that in most cases leads to leukemia. His only hope for a cure is a blood stem cell donor like you. Here's how you can help:
Wait for test kit.
Swab cheek. Return kit.
Stay committed. Be patient.
Say "yes" when asked to donate.
Ryder, just 5 years old, lost his first tooth in February 2021. But, when the bleeding didn’t stop, his parents became concerned and rushed him to the emergency room. He was soon diagnosed with a rare blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which in most cases leads to leukemia.
MDS affects Ryder’s blood cells and bone marrow, and it can also make physical activity a risk due to internal bleeding.
While he currently receives platelet transfusions, Ryder needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life.
Despite his disease, Ryder lives his life to fullest. He dances, he sings, he practices martial arts and he’s obsessed with the Statue of Liberty. With a bone marrow transplant, he’ll be able to keep on loving life. Ryder believes there’s a donor match out there, and it could be you.
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.