HOW YOUR FUNDRAISING SAVES LIVES

Your dollars in the life of a transplant patient

The search for a donor begins

Most patients do not have a matching donor in their family. For them, the Be The Match Registry® provides the best chances of finding a match.

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YOUR DOLLARS:

  • Provide search assistance grants to help locate potential donors

  • Cover uninsured medical costs

A patient finds a match and prepares for a transplant.

After a matching donor is found, patients undergo a series of tests to make sure they're healthy enough and prepared for transplant. 

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YOUR DOLLARS

  • Cover uninsured costs

  • Provide assistance grants to offset travel and relocation costs for transplant

A patient receives a transplant.

Beginning on transplant day, donated cells begin to grow and make new blood cells. For the next 100 days, doctors monitor patients very carefully for infection and complications such as graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

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YOUR DOLLARS:

  • Send a 'Box of Hope' to a patient in the hospital

  • Provide meal delivery and entertainment for patients and their caregivers

Life after transplant.

After leaving the hospital, patients will frequent visits to the outpatient clinic to make sure their bodies are healing and rebuilding strength.

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YOUR DOLLARS:

  • Fund groundbreaking research to minimize health complications related to GVHD

  • Crisis grants help take the financial burden off patients so they can focus on healing

Your dollars in the life of a marrow donor

Joining the Be The Match Registry.

A simple cheek swab is all it takes to join the registry. The kit is then sent to a lab to analyze the cells for tissue type.

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YOUR DOLLARS:

  • Fund costs of producing swab kits

  • Cover the cost of HLA typing and sample storage required to add a new potential marrow donor to the Be The Match Registry

Identified as a potential match.

Be The Match assesses the donor's desire to donate and their current health status to ensure donation is safe for both the donor and the patient.

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YOUR DOLLARS

  • Cover the costs of tests to ensure a potential donor is the right match

Approved to donate.

Once selected as the best match for a patient and approved to donate, donation day will be coordinated when the timing is medically best for the patient, which could be a few weeks to a few months.

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YOUR DOLLARS:

  • Cover lost wages of a marrow donor, allowing them to volunteer their time to save a stranger's life

Donation day!

The patient's doctor will request the donation method that is best for the patient: peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) or bone marrow. A trained volunteer then delivers donated cells to the patient's location.

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YOUR DOLLARS:

  • Support critical research discoveries and breakthroughs