Be The Match
03/25/2017 at 16:41. Facebook
4-year-old Wade has inspired many people to join the registry! He is battling a rare disease called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome and his only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.

How can you help? Join the registry or encourage your friends and family to help save a life like Wade’s. He currently doesn’t have a perfect match on the registry. YOU can help change that. Visit...
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Be The Match
03/24/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
We have a soft spot for one of the teams in the Sweet 16. The Butler Bulldogs, a supporter of Be The Match, is playing for an Elite Eight spot in the NCAA Tournament tonight!

Butler’s bulldog mascot, Trip was honored to be named a national ambassador for Be The Match and now serves as the front man for Project 44 – a project aimed at getting more people on the registry in honor of the late...
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Be The Match
03/23/2017 at 02:17. Facebook
“(Samantha’s) optimism is intertwined with grief. The young widow is navigating hoops hysteria without her wingman. Her husband, Andrew Smith, played for Butler University. He died last year after a much publicized cancer battle. Andrew was just 25.”

Samantha Smith is calling on everyone to Just Be Brave. Learn more about Samantha’s story and her efforts to help patients find their match...
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Widow of Butler basketball star discusses dealing with grief, honoring her best friend
Be The Match
03/22/2017 at 00:39. Facebook
Your regular monthly support means that we can add more donors to the Be The Match Registry, fund powerful research that will improve the transplant success rate and match more patients like Finn with suitable marrow donors to save more lives in 2017 than ever before.

If you sign up to become a monthly giver before March 31st, an additional $200 will be added to your gift! Learn more about...
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Be The Match Foundation
Be The Match
03/21/2017 at 01:35. Facebook
Congressional support and federal funding is critical to helping more patients survive blood cancers and other diseases through bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants. Join a community of supporters taking action on behalf of patients. Sign up for our Be The Voice monthly newsletter and receive updates on our advocacy efforts and learn how you can get involved. [ Link ]

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“Dana Pelz was just out of college and about to start a job at Johnson & Johnson when she got stunning news: She had a life-threatening blood disorder. Today, she's not only thriving—but helping others get a chance at life through Be The Match.”

Read more about Dana and our partnership with and Johnson & Johnson: [ Link ]

A Perfect Match: “How a Bone Marrow Transplant Saved My Life” | Johnson & Johnson
Team Be The Match is a community of people who want to help others. It's a space to raise critical funds, share your personal story, and spread the word about our life-saving mission.

You can choose to raise funds by running a marathon, celebrating a birthday or remembering or honoring a loved one. You could also hold an event or registry drive! Rather than us telling you how to fundraise,...
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We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Adam Krief from Hope 4 Adam. Our hearts go out to his family and his community during this difficult time. The way in which he lived his life was an inspiration to all who knew him. Adam inspired tens of thousands of people to join the registry and even in his most difficult time, continued to advocate for patients in need.
A cure for blood cancer exists, but it can’t happen without YOU. Join the fight and start saving lives now.

By signing up and fundraising, you will help add more potential marrow donors to the Be The Match bone marrow registry, help patients with transplant costs, and fund life-saving transplant research—providing cures to more patients.

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Chicago Be The Match Walk+Run

“Three days ago I got a paper cut right in that sweet spot—that little web between your index finger and your thumb. Every time I do anything with my hand, it stings. I sweat, it stings. I move it this way or that way, it stings. It’s been THREE DAYS. It’s annoying. I would say that the pain from this cut is far more irritating than what I felt when I donated marrow. After I donated, a dull...
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“In most cases, Medicare doesn’t decide whether to cover a stem cell or cord blood transplant until after the procedure is completed. This leaves most Medicare patients a (...) choice: Turn down their only chance at a cure or potentially face paying the significant cost of a transplant themselves.”

Learn more about the need for Medicare reform as it relates to lifesaving bone marrow...
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Opinion/Commentary: Seniors put at risk by outdated Medicare policies
Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jeffery Chell testified in front of Congress yesterday to showcase the importance of and success of NMDP/Be The Match’s work in providing lifesaving marrow transplants to thousands of patients. However, NMDP/Be The Match cannot continue this work without the support of federal funding. Dr. Chell asked Congress for increased funding for the CW Bill Young...
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“I found myself signing up to register as a donor in the registry shortly after. But I stopped myself from continuing with the process after receiving some input from my mother who felt that it was a painful process and just something that black people just “don’t do”. That phrase is something that stops us in our tracks as a community a lot, sometimes to our detriment – that day five years...
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27 And In Need Of A Bone Marrow: You Could Be The Cure
“Maybe I’m weird, but needles don’t freak me out. I learned about marrow donation at school, and it sounded like a great thing to do, so I signed up. I had zero reason not to. I didn’t think much more about it until a year later when I got a text from my mom; “What’s all this about?!” I’d missed a call from Be The Match, so they’d called my mom. I was a potential match and they wanted blood...
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“Joining the registry was not as hard as cooking an omelet. As you know, the art of cooking an egg is a very delicate one, which requires a great deal of attention and practice. However, joining the registry required no skill or practice, just a simple swab of the cheek! I think needles can be a little scary sometimes, but if I were chosen to donate, it really comes down to having a moment of...
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“Abby first decided to become a bone-marrow donor when she was a young journalist covering a bone-marrow drive. Little did she know that nearly two decades later, she’d be called upon to try to help save someone’s life.”

Read more to learn about Abby’s experience donating to a patient in need and why more African Americans are needed on the registry. [ Link ]

Exactly What It’s Like to Donate Bone Marrow — and Why More African-American Donors Are Needed, Stat
“I think about our donor a lot, so I hope to meet him one day and tell him from the bottom of my heart how truly grateful I am to him for saving our daughter's life,” said Anna’s mom, Melissa.

Thanks to your support, Be The Match can continue to match patients like Anna with bone marrow donors and provide life-saving marrow transplants to those who need them. As a monthly giver, you play...
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We need your help to make sure that the Congress remembers the importance of the programs that provide funding to NMDP/Be The Match, the CW Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). How can you help? Urge your legislators to continue funding these life-saving programs. [ Link ]

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The Contreras family needs the chance of more tomorrows – and they're depending on you. Learn how you can save a life: [ Link ]

How far would you go to help save someone’s life? - Be The Match Blog
“Four hundred eighty people a day are diagnosed with a blood disorder,” Nicole said. “I am Roman’s mom, and I’m going to find him a match.”

Roman was born with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, known as “SDS,” and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Today, Roman doesn’t have a match. Help Roman and family find his life-saving match: [ Link ]

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Richmond parents search the world for bone marrow match for son with rare syndrome