Friday, September 2, 2011

Be the Match Registry

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a bone marrow donor can find everything in one place at Be the Match Marrow Registry at

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life.

Patients need donors who are a genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. For a successful transplant, a patient needs a matching donor. Special testing determines whether a patient and a bone marrow donor or umbilical cord blood are a good match. The closer the match, the better for the patient.

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 from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the Be The Match Registry increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need.

Your heritage can make all the difference. If you are from one of the following communities, you are especially encouraged to join the Be The Match Registry or donate umbilical cord blood:

Black and African American
American Indian and Alaska Native
Asian, including South Asian 
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
Hispanic and Latino
Multiple race

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