Several years ago, I registered as a Be The Match volunteer to make myself available to possibly save a life as a blood marrow donor. In October, I aged out of the program and I am looking to get someone (hopefully more than one) to take my place.
At the time I registered I did not fully engage with what I was potentially signing up for. Over the years I have been on the registry I have deeply contemplated the prospects of donating and was very willing to do so. Even though I was never asked, it warmed my heart every time I got a Be The Match email and was reminded that I had volunteered and made myself available.
If you are reading this then you are in a circle of people who recognize your place in helping others in need. Be The Match is a very special opportunity. Every day you are performing a valuable service just by being registered. If you are called it is because they could not find a match in the patient's family. They cast a wider net and you are The Match. Maybe you will not be able to answer the call the day it comes, but maybe you will. I found that to be a very satisfying place to be for the last ten years or so and I invite you to take my place.
If you are interested and between 18 and 44 years old, watch this video to see how it works:
If you are committed, go here to get a registration kit sent to you:
Did you know?
A marrow transplant can be a life-saving treatment for more than 70 diseases including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match to find an unrelated marrow donor and receive the transplant they need.
Feel free to make a donation if you wish. I am looking for new members rather than donations.