Each year, the Congress appropriates dollars for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program), which Be The Match operates through a contract with the federal government, as well as for the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). These dollars help increase the number of marrow donors and cord blood units on the national Be The Match Registry.
During the last five years, funding for the Program and NCBI has remained relatively flat. We are asking the Congress to modestly increase funding for 2017 to help improve the diversity of the registry. On Feb. 9, the President of the United States will release his budget, which serves as a blueprint for the Congress. The President can advise, but only the Congress has the authority to appropriate federal dollars, which the President approves by signing the appropriation bills into law.
When the President’s budget is released, we will need your help to encourage the Congress to maintain its commitment to individuals who need a life-saving bone marrow or cord blood transplant by increasing the funding levels.