Swab for What’s Possible

¡Juntos podemos SALVAR VIDAS!

(Together we can save lives!)

Guillermo, stem cell donor
blood stem cell donor

I joined to help patients in need.

“Knowing that something as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek could potentially save a life is something one may not fully understand at the time. But now, knowing what this led to, I’m so happy I could help.”

— Guillermo

step 1

Register online.

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

step 2

Wait for test kit.

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

step 3

Swab cheek. Return kit.

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

step 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.

step 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.

Guillermo blood stem cell donor
blood stem cell donor
We donors are just privileged witnesses of what these amazing people do every day.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating blood stem cell donors like Guillermo. Years ago, a child from Guillermo’s community got sick and received a blood stem cell transplant. Inspired by this, Guillermo and his wife registered to become potential blood stem cell donors with the hope of one day saving a life.

Later on, the call came. Guillermo was asked to donate blood stem cells and agreed to begin the process. When he was informed that his donation would be going to a 14-year-old girl with leukemia, Guillermo thought of his own children and felt relieved he had the power to make a difference in someone’s life.

Today, that girl, Elle, is healthy. She’s enjoying her childhood and living her dreams to the fullest. Guillermo is grateful to have had the opportunity to save Elle and knows that their bond will remain strong for the rest of their lives.

Elle recipient and Guillermo donor

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.