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January 31, 2010

Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry

Join the Be The Match Registry of bone marrow donors using online registration. Thousands of patients hope for a bone marrow donor who can make their life-saving transplant possible. They depend on people like you and I. You have the power to save a life. Become a bone marrow donor: Join the Be the Match Registry and you could be the one to save a life.

When you join the Be The Match Registry, you make a commitment to:
  • Be listed on the registry until your 61st birthday, unless you ask to be removed
  • Consider donating to any searching patient who matches you
  • Keep them updated if your address changes, you have significant health changes or you change your mind about being a donor
  • Respond quickly if you are contacted as a potential match for a patient
You have the right to change your mind about being a donor at any time. Donating is always voluntary.

There is a wealth of information on the website about the procedure for both registering and the donor process. It took me only about ten minutes to follow through the online registration process, and I'm far from computer savy. If you were in need of help, wouldn't you hope that your donor had come forward?

Are you already registered with the National Marrow Donor Program, or do you know someone who's benefitted from this procedure? Please relate your story in a comment on the blog.


  1. Ellen: I am catching up on my blog reading after a few days away and this one I could not let go without a comment. The Match Registry is SO important for people facing cancer. In 2005 I had two stem cell transplants; I was fortunate in that I could produce my own cells for the transplants. Not everyone is able to do that, and not everyone has a sibling who is a good match, so the Registry is vital! In the transplant unit with me were others who were getting marrow from donors--one a young girl with lymphoma whose matching marrow was coming from Wales. For someone whose best chance of life is a bone marrow transplant, the Registry is truly a lifesaver. Great post!

  2. April, my pack just came in the mail from the foundation. Thinking of how much pain a donor might go through, it would be easy for me to cop out and credit myself as doing something good by spreading the word without actually registering myself. Your comment is making me think twice about that--preparing my cheek swap tonight and dropping it in tomorrow's mail.


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