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The ultimate humble-brag

It may sound crazy, but it’s true: You are literally the cure for blood cancers like leukemia and diseases like sickle cell.

How? Someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disease. As part of their treatment, they receive chemotherapy which completely wipes out their entire immune system. This is where you come in. Your healthy blood stem cells replace their immune system—you save their life. Sounds easy, right?

Kianna selfie

Meet Kianna 

Kianna swabbed her cheek and joined the Be The Match Registry®. Two years later, she received a call saying she was a match for a 17-year-old with severe aplastic anemia.

Most of the time donors donate through a process similar to donating plasma. However, the patient’s doctor wanted a different type of blood stem cells through marrow donation. Kianna fully admits she was nervous at first—but says the donation process ended up being super simple. She was put under anesthesia, so she didn’t feel anything. She later was able to meet her perfect match—the person she saved!

“I can honestly say there are no words to express the emotions I felt knowing that such a simple sacrifice on my part resulted in this young girl getting another chance to live a healthy life. I am a huge believer in the idea that everyone on this earth has a purpose in life and I am pretty sure I have found mine,” says Kianna.

Help patients now

Today, 70% of patients do not have a fully matched donor in their family and they are counting on people like you to help. Matching is also largely based on ethnic background. Ethnically diverse donors are urgently needed because the donor pool isn’t as diverse as it needs to be.

You can save a life

With a few simple steps, you're on your way to making a big difference.

1.
SIGN UP

Create an account.

2.
SWAB CHEEK

Order and return your cheek swab kit.

3.
GET MATCHED

It could be weeks, months or years before you're contacted.

4.
DONATE

Be ready to donate—you could be someone’s only hope.

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.