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YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAVE A LIFE

Be the Match Registry ® offers a unique opportunity for you to join in the most uplifting activity you can imagine; the ability to save a life. Their registry is the largest and most diverse in the world - over seven million registry members and umbilical cord blood units, plus another five million potential donors and cord blood units worldwide through their international cooperative registries.

By working with Be the Match Registry ® and the National Marrow Donor Program ®, our goal is to diversify the registry. The first step is toward making a transplant possible for a patient, regardless of ethnicity and race. The larger the registry, the more likely it is that a patient will have a matching donor.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE JOINING

If you join the registry, we ask that you are committed to donating to any patient in need. Donors never pay for donating, and are never paid to donate. Be the Match ® covers medical costs, reimburse all travel costs and provide other assistance as well. While you do reserve the right to change your mind about being a donor at any time. If you are found to be a match, you will know the patient's age, gender and disease. You will also know the type of donation the patient's doctor has requested - Peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC) which is the non-surgical procedure or the Marrow donation which is the surgical procedure.

You will also be on the registry until you are 61 years of age. And if you are the lucky one chosen to save a life, you will be asked to give a blood sample or another cheek swab sample for further testing. If you are found to be the patient's best match, you will be asked to make a 30 to 40 hour time commitment spread out over a 4 to 6 week period. This will be used to attend appointments and to donate.

TWO TYPES OF DONATION

If you're identified as the best match, you may be asked to donate. There are two types of donation: peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) and marrow. The patient's doctor chooses the donation method that is best for the patient.

Two type of bone marrow donation

GUIDELINES FOR JOINING THE REGISTRY

1. Be between the ages of 18 and 60.
2. Be willing to donate to any patient in need.
3. Meet the health guidelines below.


Height Maximum
Weight (lbs.)
Height Maximum
Weight (lbs.)
4'10" 191 6'0" 295
4'11" 198 6'1" 301
5'0" 204 6'2" 310
5'1" 211 6'3" 321
5'2" 218 6'4" 328
5'3" 225 6'5" 339
5'4" 233 6'6" 345
5'5" 240 6'7" 355
5'6" 247 6'8" 363
5'7" 255 6'9" 374
5'8" 263 6'10" 381
5'9" 270 6'11" 392
5'10" 278 7'0" 400
5'11" 286  

THESE CONDITIONS WOULD PREVENT YOU FROM JOINING THE REGISTRY

  • HIV or risk for HIV
  • Hepatitis or risk for hepatitis
  • Most forms of heart disease or cancer
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or diabetes-related health issues
  • Recent back surgery, or severe or ongoing back problems
  • Autoimmune/neurological disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis
  • Being an organ or marrow transplant recipient
  • Significant obesity
  • Current sleep apnea

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