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 BeTheMatch.org/Advocacy today and get involved!