Life-Saving Programs Need Your Support!

Posted September 2nd, 2015 by Be The Match and filed in News
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For more than 25 years, Be The Match has added volunteer marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® to facilitate life-saving marrow transplants for patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. More recently, we’ve worked with cord blood banks to expand the registry to include umbilical cord blood units that, like marrow, can save lives through transplantation. To accomplish our mission, we need your help to make sure federal lawmakers know how important it is to continue the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory, life-saving public health programs Be The Match operates.

The good news is that Congress has continually recognized the significant work of Be The Match by reauthorizing the programs we operate. These programs help maintain and expand our national marrow and cord blood registry, support research to improve patient outcomes, help patients navigate the health care system and more.

The Reauthorization Process
This September, Congress will decide whether or not to continue supporting the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory, which helps cord blood banks collect units for the national Be The Match Registry. Because Congress created the original authority for these programs, they must review it every five years to determine if it should be continued. This process is known as “reauthorization.”

Right now, legislation that would reauthorize the continuation of these programs and allow federal funding through 2020 is in the House of Representatives. We anticipate a similar bill will be introduced in the Senate as well.

How You Can Help
Be The Match needs advocates like you to help maintain support for these critical programs and to make sure that all Americans understand its role in saving lives.

Be the voice that saves a life. Join our advocacy network and learn how you can support programs like the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and other advocacy efforts in the future. Visit today and get involved!

One Response to “Life-Saving Programs Need Your Support!”

  1. Jelle says:

    Dear all,

    I’m a newly-wed that has been fighting lymphoma cancer for 3-years. My wife Silke(23 years old) and I (28 years old) just recently received bad news; my survival now solely depends on finding the right stem cell match. You might be my match!

    Please contact your primary care physician or local blood transfusion center to donate a small sample of blood. If we don’t match, you might have helped someone else fighting lymphoma cancer.

    You can also register yourself online as a stem cell donor:

    For US citizens please visit: Be The Match
    For UK citizens please visit: British Bone Marrow Registry
    Other international visitors: Click on the appropriate link in the list below

    Please share and help us in finding the match. Thank you.


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