Swab for what's possible

TRAVIS
HUSBAND, FATHER, FIGHTER

IT'S SIMPLE:

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What if youyou were fighting for youryour life?

Travis has been battling leukemia for the past seven years. He has yet to find a blood stem cell match on the registry. All of the pain and suffering he, his wife and sons have gone through could end with you.

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People
May 26, 2022
Throughout all of this, I think about my kids. Each relapse has been the hardest conversation to have with them. I just want to be able to keep raising these boys.

-Travis

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Travis,
leukemia patient

It’s been over 2,500 days and Travis Snyder, 44, is still fighting his battle with leukemia. He’s a loving husband to his wife Heidi and a devoted father to his three sons, Luke, Miles and Hank. Travis needs to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

In March of this year, Travis relapsed for the third time. Having exhausted many treatment options, Travis has been working closely with his good friend Aquaman actor Jason Momoa. Together, the pair have been calling on people aged 18-35 to join the Be The Match Registry®. Doctors request donors in this age group 75% of the time because medical research has shown that cells from young donors 18-35 lead to better long-term survival for patients after transplant.

The good news is that ANYONE can make an impact. For those outside of the 18-35 age range, Be The Match provides simple, meaningful ways to show patients like Travis that you have their back, which you can learn more about here.

Travis and Jason know good people are out there. They know that heroes like you can make a selfless donation and give more time to people with blood cancers and other blood diseases. But we’re not there yet—there are simply not enough donors on the registry.

Travis needs you. He wants to be around for his wife and sons. He wants to live—and so do thousands of other patients who are waiting for a matching blood stem cell donor.

Here's how you can start helping patients in need:

1.

Register online.

Answer simple questions about your medical history to make sure you meet health guidelines.

2.

Wait for test kit.

Receive a cheek swab kit by mail in about 1-2 weeks.

3.

Swab cheek. Return kit.

Your sample will be tested and your genetic type (HLA) will be added to the Be The Match Registry.

4.

Stay committed. Be patient.

Because of the genetic complexity of matching donors to patients, it could be several months or many years before you’re matched to a patient.

5.

Say "yes" when asked to donate.

Patients and their families are counting on you to keep your promise to donate if needed. You could be someone’s only hope for a cure.

If you're unable to donate blood stem cells,
make an impact by donating to our Foundation.

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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.