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Robin Roberts

Broadcaster, Cancer Survivor, Be The Match® Advocate

Happy re-birthday Robin Roberts! 10 years ago, Robin received a life-saving blood stem cell transplant to help her beat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

You could give someone a second chance at life.

All it takes is one match to save a patient with a life-threatening blood cancer or disease like sickle cell. By joining the Be The Match Registry®, you are making an immeasurable impact on patients and their families.


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174, that’s how many days TV host Robin Roberts spent off-air from Good Morning America while recovering from a blood stem cell transplant. Robin was fortunate to have her sister, Sally-Ann as a match but she quickly realized that so many others aren’t as lucky.

Every year, over 12,000 people are diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers or other diseases like sickle cell for which a blood stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor may be their only hope for a cure.

As an advocate for the Be The Match Registry, Robin has used her platform to raise awareness which has led thousands of people to join the registry. Over 140 of those people have gone on to donate life-saving blood stem cells to patients in need. Add your name to that list by joining the registry today.

Here’s how you can start helping patients in need!



Answer a few questions about your medical history to ensure you meet our medical guidelines.

Join the Donor Registry



In 1–2 weeks, you’ll receive a swab kit in the mail. Swab your cheeks and return your kit. You are now added to the Be The Match Registry!



Your swab kit helps determine your HLA type to match you to a patient in need. It may take months or even years to match.



You could be the one match for a patient with a life-threatening blood cancer or disease like sickle cell! Saying “yes” when you get the call to become a blood stem cell donor gives someone a second chance at life.


There’s more than one way to be a lifesaver! Support patients and their families by giving a gift that will help cover uninsured costs, connect patients to life-saving transplants and fund groundbreaking research.

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.