Why Register to Donate Bone Marrow?

Every year, more than 10,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated adult donor.

Most patients (about 70 percent) in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on the Be The Match Registry�

Race and ethnicity matter

Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors and cord blood units from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the Be The Match Registry increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need.

Joining the Be The Match Registry

  • The public can join the Be The Match Registry in person at a donor center or registry event,or online at BeTheMatch.org using the promo code format "CBSICurrentMonth". To join, people need to be between the ages of 18 to 44, willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet health guidelines. Registration involves completing a health history form and giving a swab of cheek cells.

  • The total cost to add each new member to the Be The Match Registry is about $100 (for the testing needed to determine one's marrow type). Contributions through Be The Match Foundation help cover the costs to add more members to the Be The Match Registry, giving more patients hope for a cure.

  • Other opportunities to support patients include donating cord blood, making a tax-deductible contribution through Be The Match Foundation, volunteering time or hosting a marrow typing drive. Those who have already joined the Be The Match Registry can also help by updating their contact information.

Donating Marrow, Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC) or Umbilical Cord Blood

Adults may be asked to donate one of two ways:

  • About 76 percent of the time, a patient's doctor requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, a non-surgical, outpatient procedure similar to donating platelets or plasma.
  • About 24 percent of the time, a patient's doctor requests marrow, a surgical, outpatient procedure that takes place at a hospital. General or regional anesthesia is always used.

For more information about the Be The Match Registry call 217-367-2202 or visit www.BeTheMatch.org

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