For more than 25 years, LabCorp has worked with Be The Match by providing testing services to support blood stem cell donations.
In 2018, LabCorp and Be The Match partnered together and launched a joint donor recruitment effort at select LabCorp patient service centers across 45 states. By spreading the word about Be The Match to their patients and how potential donors can join the Be The Match Registry®, LabCorp is helping save lives.
In 2019, LabCorp received the Democratized Cell Therapy Award. Watch the video to learn more.
Alfredo has been sick since he was one week old. In and out of the hospital without many answers for over 3 years, Alfredo was not growing at the same rate of a healthy toddler. Finally, his doctors were able to diagnose him with a very rare disease called IL 10 Receptor Deficiency, with a stem cell transplant being the only cure. Like all Hispanic patients searching on the Be The Match registry, Alfredo only has a 46% chance of finding a match.
Carisa Elias works as a phlebotomist in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her husband Jorge was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. His best hope for a cure is a blood stem cell transplant from a donor who shares his Hispanic heritage. Increasing ethnic diversity on the registry offers hope to all patients and their families.
In 2007, Dario was a 3rd year medical school student. After experiencing extreme fatigue, he was diagnosed with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and his search for a bone marrow match began.
Cathy is a Regional Operations Manager who has been working at LabCorp since 1992. In March 2008, she was called to donate peripheral blood stem cells.
On year later
A year after matching through the registry, Cathy and Dario met for the first time and have remained close ever since. Cathy and Dario will be joined for the rest of their lives. They do not consider themselves donor and recipient. They call themselves family.
*Patients are most likely to match an adult donor of their own ethnic background.