Ali's Be The Match Story
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as a part of the Young Women's program I am working on earning my Personal Progress Award. There are 8 values, each has 6 small experiences that teach us about the value, and then require me to do a project that takes at least 10 hours of work. For my Good Works value I chose to do a registration and fundraiser for Be The Match. I heard a lady on the news that needed a bone marrow transplant, and at the same time my Mom heard from a person she went to school with was a possible match. I was curious what it was all about and so Mom and I did some research. I think this would be a unique project since there hasn't been a registry drive locally for a long time, and everyone else does blood donation drives for this project.
In the past I have volunteered in many ways, I have helped with my little sisters violin class, I had a lemonade and bake sale for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, and helped my Mom's friend with the walk she put on for them. I am an explainer (volunteer) at The UP Children's Museum. I like to help teach others, and also to help them reach their goals.
My goal is to raise enough money to add 30 people to the Registry. As of July 10, 2013 I have had three bake sales, and one registry event. I have raised $620 from these, and I have helped to add 10 people to the registry. Please consider making a donation on my page or visit Utopia on July 31th to help us fundraise. This will be my last fund raiser bake sale, and registration day. On July 31th at Utopia anyone aged 18-44 can also join the Registry!
Be The Match Registry and Fundraising Event
July 31th from 11 am - 4 pm
1465 W. Washington St
Marquette, MI 49855
What is Team Be The Match?
Team Be The Match is an online community that helps patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Team members raise funds so more people can be added to the Be The Match Registry.
It’s important to add more people to the registry because that gives patients a chance to find a matching marrow donor. Together, we can give hope to thousands of men, women and children who need a life-saving transplant.
What does Be The Match do?
Be The Match connects patients with life-saving marrow donors. We help save lives by:
- Recruiting potential donors: Be The Match manages the largest and most diverse donor registry — more than 10.5 million marrow donors and nearly 185,000 cord blood units.
- Supporting patients: Be The Match provides financial assistance to patients and their families to help offset costs of a marrow transplant.
- Educating doctors: Doctors turn to Be The Match to learn about transplant advances, caring for transplant patients and the importance of timely referral for transplant.
- Advancing science: Be The Match supports research to advance the science of marrow transplant, from improved donor and patient matching to improving post-transplant treatment.
Your help matters
Be The Match relies on us to ask for contributions from people like us so it can continue its life-saving work. Contributions help add more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry. I hope you'll consider making a contribution today. Together we can save lives!
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