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July 15 2021
MINNEAPOLIS – July 15, 2021 – The House Appropriations Committee has approved its Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill, that increases funding for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program) to $33,009,000, the largest level of funding in the Program’s history. The request was made by National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®, which has been entrusted by Congress to operate the Program for over 30 years.
NMDP/Be The Match released the following statement from Chief Policy Officer Brian Lindberg, in appreciation of the continuing commitment by Congress to the Nation’s Registry:
“We formulated a vision in 2018 of ensuring that every American, regardless of ethnicity, background, age, or socioeconomic status, has an equal chance at finding a volunteer donor and a successful outcome from their transplant. To help achieve this goal, we asked Congress for help. We are thankful that the House Appropriations Committee has responded by recommending the highest level of funding ever in the Program’s 30-year history.
“We are extremely grateful to the members of the health subcommittee, its Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK), and Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) for their unwavering leadership. Next, we will now work with our Senate champions to further advance our lifesaving mission to provide all patients who need it with access to cellular therapy.
“Since its inception, NMDP/Be The Match has been committed to ensuring that every searching patient has an equal chance at finding a volunteer donor. Despite our success, more must be done to break down barriers to access to transplant disproportionately experienced by people of color.
“To combat disparities and create equal outcomes for all patients, NMDP/Be the Match has tested pilot programs that are ready to be scaled up to meet the needs of these patients. The additional funding provided by the Committee will support a variety of initiatives that will immediately begin to break down barriers to transplant.”
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.