Inspiration

This is why you participate in the Be The Match Walk+Run, why you fundraise, and why you support Be The Match?. Read stories of patients, donors and families who are directly impacted by the support and involvement of people like you!

Graduate of Yale Law School, Olympic hopeful faces greatest challenge yet

Seun is not the kind of guy to back down from a challenge. Not only is he a graduate of Yale Law School, he is also a skeleton racer—a winter sport similar to luge—with his eye on competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

But no amount of study, practice or discipline could prepare him for his greatest challenge—being diagnosed with two terminal blood cancers one week before his 26th birthday.

Learn how Seun tackled this challenge head on, and how it changed the course of his life.

Dale’s Letter to His Daughter’s Marrow Match

August 26, 2014 is a day that will forever be branded in our minds. That’s the day our doctor told us "Your daughter, Eva, has leukemia". When you hear the word "leukemia" and you aren't prepared, the word scares the hell out of you. You’ve heard it before but really what is leukemia?

We were terrified. Genetic testing showed that Eva had a high-risk form of leukemia with a higher chance of the disease coming back after treatment and lowered chance of long term survival. We began hearing new words like "bone marrow transplant" and "donor" and found out that Eva's life would be in the hands of a complete stranger.

Read Dale's words of gratitude to a complete stranger who was willing to save his daughter's life

Matched donor reveals family connections and more

Jason Solomon was shocked when he was diagnosed with myelodysplasia (MDS) often referred to as "pre-leukemia." He was 59 years old and always healthy.

As a physician, Jason immediately spent time researching options and consulting with experts. Before a year had passed, the disease continued to progress and Jason began exploring bone marrow transplant options, where he found a perfect match on the registry.

On the other side of the country, a young man, Brandon Perloff, received the news that he was a match for a 59-year old male with a blood cancer.

Learn more about how this match did more than just save a life it revealed family connections

The Power of Connecting

Regina's son Billy was like most eighth graders he loved exploring outdoors in the Florida sun and participating in sports. He was a healthy, happy kid living his life. But in October 2012, everything changed.

Billy went to the doctor with swollen lymph nodes. Doctors suspected leukemia as the cause, but blood tests showed no sign of the disease. Regina still felt something wasn't right. After many doctor visits with different specialists, an oral surgeon told Regina he'd never seen a case like Billy's and to press for a biopsy.

It took two biopsies, but their worst fears were confirmed Billy had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The cancerous cells were growing quickly and crowding out his bone marrow.

Read how one mother’s search for answers led to a cross country, life-saving connection