What if we told you it’s easy for you to do just that – right now?
For many patients, the hope of receiving a bone marrow transplant is the lifeline to a cure. We know the donor process can seem daunting, so we’re here to help walk you through it. You’re one step closer to being a lifeline for individuals in need.
Joining the Be The Match Registry® is fast, easy, and painless. You provide a simple swab of cheek cells and your tissue type will determine whether you are a match for waiting patients.
The need is urgent, and the gift of time isn’t given to all. For Chris Contreras, one match will be the difference between life and death. It’s possible that you could be that life-saving match.
It was an unassuming Monday when Chris, his wife Stacy, and their three children found their lives uprooted without warning. Chris’ world was forever changed during a simple game of squash. “I went for a ball towards the glass and hit my elbow,” Chris recalls. “A couple of days later I had an inflamed elbow [and] went to the doctor.” His injury puzzled medical professionals.
Months of testing and waiting followed. When the Contreras family finally received their answer, it was far from what they had hoped to hear. The diagnosis was aplastic anemia: a serious blood disorder. For Chris and others, a fatal disease.
Chris will die unless he finds his one chance for a cure. He has to find a specific someone – the perfect match – for a bone marrow transplant. “How do you tell your kids what’s going on?” Chris says through tears. “Trying to tell young kids – especially your own kids – what you’re going through is hard.”
Amidst their hope for a match, the Contreras family has struggled for answers to some of life’s biggest questions. As Stacy explains, “I used to ask ‘Why? Why is this happening to us?’ … Until I took it and I thought ‘I can take this and do a lot.’”
The family began hosting drives to add more people to the registry. To date, hundreds of people have joined and six people have been matched to other patients in need of a transplant.
In the face of a devastating diagnosis, Chris, his wife Stacy, and their three children have grown closer, but their time is running out.
“Knowing that there’s not a match for me yet today, it’s tough,” says Chris.
How You Can Help
Join the registry today to see if you are a match for Chris and patients like him.
You may match someone months or years from now – or you may never be called to donate. That’s okay too. It’s important to stay committed, so that if and when a patient needs you, you’re ready for them.
Already on the registry? Help us spread the word. Together, we can help more patients.
Ethnic Background Matters
Did you know that patients are more likely to match with others of the same ancestry? That’s why we’re especially interested in expanding the ethnic diversity of donor registrants. We have an increased need for donors of the following backgrounds:
- Black or African American
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Asian, including South Asian
- Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
- Hispanic or Latino
Many people die before finding a match. It doesn’t have to be that way. The more people who register, the greater likelihood a match will be found.
Give waiting patients and their families more tomorrows. Join today.
Be The Match Success Stories
Your decision to register could be a new beginning for waiting patients like Chris. These are just a few patients’ life-changing transplant stories.
- Your self-sacrifice saved our daughter’s life: Parent’s personal thank you to a donor
- A single mother’s transplant story
- Family ties
The impact of a successful transplant extends beyond patients and their families. Donors become heroes. If you’re curious about what the process feels like, click the links below.
- College football player stays true to his commitment
- Marrow donor Johnathan: “Be the change you want to see in the world”
- An unusual twist of fate: Erma’s story
- Paul, marrow donor, explains donation process
So here’s the final question: Are you ready to become part of someone’s success story? Embrace the power of being the cure. Take the time to save a life. http://bit.ly/2lv0VrU