35 million united against cancer

Worldwide, millions of marrow donors stand together in their commitment to save lives on World Marrow Donor Day.
Join the fight: register to be a donor today.

On September 21, 2019, World Marrow Donor Day will celebrate donors across the globe: related and unrelated, cord blood donors, people who have already donated, and those on the global registry waiting to be matched.  

Be The Match saves lives by matching donors to blood cancer patients who desperately need them, and by raising awareness of the unique opportunity to be someone’s cure.

Donor Testimonials

Akeem, Donor

“Hey you need to call them back! They said you’re a match for someone …”

Akeem is a firefighter, a National Guardsman, and a blood stem cell donor. He was with a group of friends when he joined the registry during his freshman year of college. When he came up as a match, Akeem’s sister answered the call. She told him, “Hey you need to call them back! They said you’re a match for someone and you should do it.” Akeem said, “Yeah of course!” During the donation he watched movies with a friend until he fell asleep. When he woke up and learned the donation was done, Akeem said, “Wow—that was pretty easy!”

“My grandma was so proud, she called everyone she knew to tell them I was going to donate.”

When Zain got the call that he was a match for a searching patient, but he didn’t hesitate to say yes. Members of his tight-knit Muslim community knew about transplant and were very supportive. His grandma was so proud, she was in tears, and called everyone she knew. Zain donated PBSC and experienced some aches from the injections before donation, but was able to go to the gym the next day. Zain was especially moved to learn that his recipient was only a few years older than him.

Zain, Donor
Lauren, Donor

“One day, I’d like to thank my recipient for making me a better person.”

Lauren was a senior at Prairie View A&M University when she joined the registry. She was thrilled be called as a match and have the opportunity to donate to a 1-year-old boy. Since then, Lauren is making it her mission to recruit more Black and African American donors to the registry.

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