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There are many ways to support the life-saving mission of Be The Match. Joining the registry is just the beginning. Even if you’re not called as a potential donor for a patient, you can make a difference. 

Take Marla, for instance.

Daughter’s words were an inspiration to Marla 

Marla kept hearing the words her daughter said to her shortly before she died: “Mom, I know this is going to be really hard on you, but I don’t want it to ruin your life.” Diagnosed at age seven with an adult form of leukemia, Marla’s daughter Nicole received a marrow transplant from her brother. But after just six years, Nicole relapsed and lost her battle with cancer at the young age of 14. It was a devastating loss. And it was the constant memory of Nicole’s words that enabled Marla to move forward.

In Nicole’s memory, her family founded an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with a mission to help children waiting for a cure. Be The Match has been a beneficiary of Marla’s tireless efforts. Funds raised help add potential donors to the Be The Match Registry® and support transplant research to improve outcomes for patients. Marla has also supported our mission in many other ways.

Giving back has become a way of life


Marla has sponsored Be The Match recruitment drives, supported the Be The One Run in Tampa, Florida, and signed up to be a volunteer marrow courier. “It is such a privilege to be entrusted to deliver what is literally someone’s new life,” said Marla. “I am so grateful to be a link in the chain of loving actions that began with someone who attended a marrow drive, registered as a potential donor, and ultimately decided to give a stranger the gift of life.” 

Joining the Be The Match Registry is one important step toward giving patients hope. Learn more

As Marla’s motto reminds us, “One person cannot do everything, but everyone can do something.”

There are many ways you can help patients. Consider making a financial contribution, raising funds, volunteering your time or helping us spread the word about the need for registry members.