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There are two main things I would like to happen. The first is to get all of our 18-44 year old kids and friend's kids to to register at Be The Match. It is so easy to register on this website. Once you register, they send out a test kit for a saliva sample. Taking the test no more difficult than sucking on a swizzle stick. They do the rest. Once in their system, your genetic makeup will be available for matching with someone in need. If you happen to match, further tests are done. Should you be lucky enough to Be The Match, your stem cells will be extracted by filtering them out of your bloodstream, no more sucking them out of your bones. Fairly simple & painless. Just think that someone's life depends on you.
To join the Be The Match Registry, please visit:
You must be 18-44, give some contact information and answer some health questions. Then Be The Match will mail a swab kit to complete at home. Swab your cheek, send it back, postage is paid for.
The second thing is fundraising. For all of the 18-44 year olds that we get register, there is no charge to them to get registered or for the test kit. It does cost BTM a considerable amount to do this so here's the catch. If you are over 44 years old and want to register they charge 100 bucks. If you are not interested in registering, they gladly accept donations to defray the cost of those who are getting it for free. It's simple and easy to donate here on the website. They take all major credit cards.
It's not every day you can save a life. Be a superhero! Register and support Be The Match.
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FYI. My son Alex registered at an event while he was in Champaign over a year ago. He just recently received a call that he is being considered as a donor for a 44 year old man. Alex went in for a blood draw for further testing and evaluation. We are so proud of him. How exciting.