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.
There is a critical need for young volunteers with diverse racial and ethnic heritages. Patients and donors must have matching tissue types, and these matches are most often found among people of similar ethnic and racial backgrounds.
There are more than 10 million individuals registered as potential bone marrow/blood stem cell donors. The need for diversity on the registry is critical to afford all patients in need the best chance at finding a matched donor.
Current demographics of Be The Match Registry volunteers are as follows:
American Indian/Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Source: Be The Match
If you are between the ages of 18 and 44 years old, contact BloodSource at 866.822.5663 or click here to find your nearest BloodSource Donor Center. For locations outside Northern and Central California, please visit Be The Match to join online or to find the location nearest to you.
There are two ways to donate marrow or blood stem cells.
The first, used most often, is a non-surgical procedure called a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation. Donors receive a drug to increase the number of cells in their bloodstream used for transplant. The healthcare team collects the cells with a non-surgical, outpatient procedure. PBSC donors are typically back to their normal routines in one to two days.
Marrow donation is a surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, usually as an outpatient. Afterwards, donors may feel soreness in the lower back. Marrow donors are typically back to their regular routine in two to seven days.
*Information provided by Be The Match
Please call BloodSource at 866.822.5663 or visit Be The Match.