We Are The Cure
For too long, the Black/African-American community has sought a cure for sickle cell anemia, leukemia and other blood cancers. Well, there is a cure —a blood stem cell transplant from a genetically matched donor of the same ethnic background. So yes, race matters! We have the power to save lives in our own community. But we need more Black donors.
You Can Increase the Odds
Patients are most likely to match a donor who shares their ethnic background. Yet of the 22 million potential donors on the Be The Match Registry, only 4% are Black or African-American.
As a result, Black or African-American patients only have a 23% chance of finding a match compared to 77% for White patients.
Will you join the Be The Match Registry and potentially save a life?
Black or African American
Take the First Step To Saving a Life
Join the registry to be listed as a potential blood stem cell donor, ready to save the life of a patient in need of a transplant. You won’t donate until there is a patient who’s matched specifically with you. Here’s how to get started:
- Join the Be The Match Registry online and request a swab kit.
- When you get your kit in the mail, swab your cheek. Return the swab in the envelope (postage already included).
- Tell your friends and family to join the Registry!
Sickle Cell Survivor
Seventeen Year Old, Looking for Donor