Be a marrow donor
Marrow and blood stem cells
Since 1987, Be The Match Registry has facilitated more than 50,000 transplants and now has more than 10 million potential donors (and nearly 165,000 umbilical cord blood units). BloodSource was the fifth donor center to sign on with the National Marrow Donor Program to educate and encourage potential donors to join Be The Match Registry. Through BloodSource, more than 100,000 people have joined Be The Match. Thousands have been contacted as potential marrow matches giving hope to patients and hundreds have donated marrow or blood stem cells to save lives.
Every year, thousands of adults and children need marrow or blood stem cell transplants – a procedure that may be their only chance for survival. Although some patients have matched family members who can donate, about 70% do not. These patients' lives depend on finding an unrelated individual with a compatible tissue type – often within their own race or ethnic group – who is willing to donate marrow or stem cells.
As of October 1, 2012, potential Be The Match registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 44 years old, meet eligibility guidelines, and make a good faith commitment to donating to any person in need if matched. Paperwork and a simple swab of the tissue on the inside of the cheek complete the registration process. Those who have already joined Be The Match or those who join after October 1, 2012 will stay on the registry until they turn 61 years old. Transplant centers are driving this change since younger donors are chosen more than 90% of the time because research shows younger donors lead to more successful patient outcomes. Committed individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 years old can join Be The Match Registry through BloodSource. Individuals between the ages of 45 and 60 years of age can join Be The Match Registry online.
For more information, please visit Be the Match.