For people with life-threatening blood cancers and other diseases—like leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell—a cure exists. Register to be a potential marrow donor and give the gift of life to a patient in need!
BeTheMatch's mission is to save lives by delivering cures to people diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers through bone marrow transplants. They cannot do this important work alone. Take the first step to saving a life TODAY!
If you are between the ages of 18–44, it only takes a few minutes to join Be The Match Registry—just complete some paperwork and a cheek swab! You could be someone's CURE!
If you are unable to join us at the OFJCC on Friday, April 12 or at Yom Ha'atzmaut, you can register online and have the information sent to you. Click here
to fill out the online consent form and receive a swab kit mailed directly to your home. Swab your cheeks and place it back in the mail.
How it Works:
By joining the registry, you are taking the first step to being the cure for patients with blood cancers like leukemia and other marrow diseases. It is also a commitment to take the next step if a patient needs you to donate your cells for a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
Joining the registry requires a sample of cells, usually collected by swabbing the inside of your cheek. We use this sample to compare specific protein markers, known as human leukocyte antigens (HLA) with HLA markers of patients who need a bone marrow transplant.
Doctors search the Be The Match Registry® to find donors with HLA markers that match those of their patients. These searches happen on behalf of patients every day, so the most important thing you can do as a registry member is stay committed.
When a registry member matches a patient, there are several steps before donating. These steps are meant to ensure donation is safe for both the donor and the patient.
Once approved to donate, the patient's doctor will request one of two donation methods: peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) or bone marrow. The patient's doctor chooses the donation method that's best for the patient.
Common Misconceptions About Donating Bone Marrow:
- Donating hurts—FALSE
~ For donors who donate Peripheral Blood Stem Cells or PBSCs (80% of the time) compared to an extended blood drive, recovery time is usually 1–2 days.
~ Donors who donate from the hip (20% of the time usually for pediatrics) compare it to falling on some ice; no pain just soreness. Recovery time is usually 3–5 days.
- Bone Marrow is extracted from the spine or sternum—FALSE
~ There are many TV shows and movies that extract bone marrow from these areas, but that does not happen. 80% of the time it is extracted from your arm through Peripheral Blood Stem Cells.
~ The remaining percent of the time (20%) it is extracted from your hip via an already existing pore.
- I can't donate, I have: tattoos, piercings or don't weigh enough—FALSE
~ We have a different set of standards from blood donation. You can have tattoos, piercings or be below the blood donation minimum weight.
For more information and patient stories visit www.youtube.com/user/bethematch
In partnership with BeTheMatch
Friday, April 12
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Goldman Fitness Center Lobby
Contact: Robin Vasilakos | (650) 223-8791 | [email protected]