Feel Good. Save a Life. Be The Match.

KamrynEvery three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood disease like leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell.  For some of them, the only hope of a cure is a blood stem cell or marrow transplant from a matching volunteer donor.

A sibling with the same parents is the most likely person in the family to match.  Only 30% of patients who need a transplant have a matching donor in their family.  Therefore 70% depend on Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program®, to find a matching donor. 

Who Needs It?
People battling leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other blood diseases may need a transplant.  Their only hope for a cure is to find someone with the same tissue type who is willing to donate to them.  Unfortunately, some patients pass away before they find a match due to a lack of committed volunteers on the Registry. Registrants must be 18-44 years old, meet health guidelines, and commit to donate to any patient in need.

What Can I Do To Help?
It’s as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

Simply register online to be a committed, life-saving donor. Follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Sign Up - scan QR code, text CURE110 to 61474 or visit join.bethematch.org/TBI
2. Swab - receive and return cheek swab kit
3. Stay Committed - be ready to donate if called as a match

What Happens If I’m a Match?
You may or may not ever match to a patient.  However, if you’re a suitable match for a person who needs a transplant, you will be contacted.  Depending on what’s ultimately best for the patient, you will donate either blood stem cells or marrow.

Most often, doctors request a stem cells donation, which is a process like donating platelets or plasma.  The donor will receive blood stimulating medications days prior to the donation.  This donation will take place at Oklahoma Blood Institute in Oklahoma City.*

Occasionally, a marrow donation is requested.  Anesthesia is used while liquid marrow is withdrawn from the hip area.  The donor may or may not experience some short-term discomfort afterwards.  This donation will take place in Oklahoma City.*

*travel expenses can be reimbursed

How Do I Encourage Others to Join?
Encourage others to join Be The Match by sharing the text-to-join code (CURE110 to 61474), joining online and following us on social media. We can make presentations to your organization, place of employment, church or civic group.  You may also volunteer to spread awareness about this unique way to save lives.

Call 405-297-5631 for more information, or join online at join.bethematch.org/TBI.

Pictured is 11-year-old Kamryn who found a cure for sickle cell disease.  Blood donors kept her healthy while she waited for a marrow transplant.

Bob Grant