Every year, more than 14,000 patients are diagnosed with blood cancers or other blood diseases. For them, the only hope of a cure is a blood stem cell or marrow transplant from a matching volunteer donor.
Only 30% of patients who need of a transplant have a matching donor in their family. So, 70% depend on our partnership with Be The Match®, part of the National Marrow Donor Program®, to find a donor.
Who Needs It?
People battling leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other blood diseases may need transplants. Their only hope for a cure is to find someone with the same tissue type who is willing to donate to them. Unfortunately, some die before they get that match simply because of a lack of volunteers on the Registry.
What Can I Do To Help?
It’s as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!
Register to be a committed, life-saving donor. Follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Be 18-44 years old and meet health guidelines and commit to donate to any patient in need.
2. Complete registration form at a registry event or online.
3. Swab, your cheeks, and you’ll be registered to save a priceless life!
What Happens If I’m a Match?
If, in the future, you’re a suitable match for a person who needs a transplant, you will be contacted. Depending on what’s ultimately best for the person, you will donate either blood stem cells or marrow.
The majority of the time, donors give blood stem cells at our Oklahoma City center. It’s a process very similar to a blood donation such as platelets or plasma.
Occasionally, a marrow donation is requested. Anesthesia is used while marrow is drawn from the hip area. The donor may experience some short-term discomfort afterwards.
How Do I Hold a Marrow Registry Event?
Host a registration event to offer other people the opportunity to become life-saving donors. The more people on the Registry, the greater chance a patient has to find a matching donor. Contact us, and we’ll explain how events are organized.
How Do I Volunteer?
Many people are needed to help organize drives and spread the word about this unique way to save a lives. Contact us to volunteer your time.
Call 405-297-5593 for a registry location, or join online at join.bethematch.org. Enter promo code “OBI”.
Pictured is 10-year-old Kamryn who has sickle cell disease. Blood donors keep her healthy while she waits for a marrow transplant.