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Congress Reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and National Cord Blood Inventory Program

On Dec. 18, 2015, the President signed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 into law. This critical legislation reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program) and the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) grant program for cord blood banks for an additional five years. Be The Match operates both of these programs, which help ensure that all Americans have access to a life-saving marrow transplant.

This milestone for the Program and the NCBI would not have been possible without the support from all of you. Be The Match also applauds Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David Jolly (R-FL), as well as Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT), Al Franken (D-MN), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Richard Burr (R-NC), for their efforts to help pass this legislation.


Be The Match Works to Obtain Medicare Coverage for Bone Marrow and Cord Blood Transplants

Marrow and cord blood transplants can be used to successfully treat more than 70 diseases. Often transplant is a patient’s only hope for a cure. While commercial insurance covers transplant for most, if not all, diseases, the Medicare program does not. This means that if someone develops a disease or condition when 65 or older, or on long-term or permanent disability, he or she may not have access to a life-saving transplant.

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Supporting Congressional Funding to Increase Diversity of Potential Donors and Cord Blood Units

Each year, the Congress appropriates dollars for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program), which Be The Match operates through a contract with the federal government, as well as for the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). These dollars help increase the number of marrow donors and cord blood units on the national Be The Match Registry.

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Advocate Profile

Just weeks into her freshman year of college, Becky Dame woke up with terrible stomach and back pains. A few days later, she received a life-changing diagnosis; she had leukemia. At the time, bone marrow transplants were a relatively new form of treatment, but Becky's doctors recommended it as her best chance of survival. In 1992, she received a marrow transplant from her sister at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Upon Becky's return to campus, she changed her major from music to nursing, inspired to help others going through similar experiences.

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