As Ben battled leukemia over the past 5 years, he came to the realization that you only live once. If you want to do something, you should do it! That's why he quit his job, and now is committed to attend all 162 Brewers games of the 2012 season.
Because he did not have a suitable matching sibling to donate for a much needed marrow transplant, Ben and his doctors turned to the Be The Match Registry®. Seven out of ten people will have to look outside their family because there is not a match within their family. Those patients and their doctors depend on finding an unrelated bone marrow donor or umbilical cord blood unit on the Be The Match Registry and other registries.
Along with no match in his family, Ben did not have a match through the Be The Match Registry of adult donors, now with over 9.5 million members. His doctor’s then needed to search for a possible cord blood match. Ben was lucky enough on October 2, 2009 to receive two suitable umbilical cord blood unit donations, but many people are not as lucky. Click here to read more about Ben and his journey.
The fact that he wasn't able to find an adult donor has led him to raise awareness and funds to continue to grow the registry for Be The Match. Click here to learn more about joining Be The Match Registry. Ben is now healthy and looking forward to the rest of his life.
About Be The Match Foundation
Be The Match Foundation® raises funds to help provide marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other diseases. Be The Match® is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program®, a nonprofit organization that educates healthcare professionals, conducts research and matches donors with patients. Thousands of patients depend on Be The Match Foundation to raise funds to grow our registry and make life-saving transplants a reality.
You can help us bring hope to every family. The total cost to add a new member to the registry is about $100. While we have secured funding for some of these costs, we still need contributions from individuals and organizations to help create the opportunity for more people to join the registry.
In 2011, we facilitated more than 5,500 marrow and cord blood transplants for patients who did not have matching donors in their family. Today, about 21% of transplant patients receive cord blood that was generously donated to a public cord blood bank.