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For generations, the Black and African American community has battled sickle cell disease, leukemia, and other blood cancers. It may be surprising to learn that these diseases can be cured with the help of a blood stem cell transplant. Race matters when it comes to finding a cure since genetically matched donors are found within the same ethnic group. Black donors save Black lives, and Be The Match needs you.

YOU’RE AN INDIVIDUAL

BUT YOU MIGHT BE

SOMEONE’S MATCH.

ABOUT BE THE MATCH

For 30 years, Be The Match has managed one of the largest marrow registries in the world.

Be The Match finds donor matches for people with diseases like sickle cell, leukemia, lymphoma, and more. For people with these life-threatening diseases, a cure exists—a blood stem cell transplant from a genetically matched donor. However, seventy percent (70%) of patients do not have a suitably matched donor in their family. As a result, these patients turn to Be The Match in the hopes of finding an unrelated, life-saving match.

THE BLACK DISPARITY IN NUMBERS

Race Matters When Searching For A Donor

Of the 22 million potential donors, only 4% are Black.

Patients are most likely to match a donor who shares their ethnic background. Unfortunately, Black and African American patients face increased difficulty finding a match that could save their lives. As a result, Black or African American patients only have a 23% chance of finding a match compared to 77% for White patients. To help find a genetic match, more Black and African American donors are desperately needed. We need you to help us increase their odds of finding a match. In essence, the cure for diseases like sickle cell and leukemia can be found within our own communities. We Are The Cure.

IT’S THE IMPACT ON THE

BLACK COMMUNITY FOR US.

WHY YOU?

As high school students, you can make the biggest impact on our mission to help match Black and African American donors and patients.

You are the most connected generation in history, so your voice and actions can influence millions. By joining the Be The Match Registry®, and encouraging your friends and family to join, you’re improving the chances of someone finding a lifesaving genetic match. You can be the catalyst to a cure.

WHAT IF YOU COULD

SAVE A LIFE WITHOUT

RISKING YOUR OWN?

JOIN THE REGISTRY

It’s really simple to join. Click “Join The Registry.”

Once you answer a few questions, Be The Match will send a swab kit to your home. Once you get the kit, just swab the inside of your cheek and send the sample back in the pre-addressed and stamped envelope. After that, you’re on the registry. That’s it!

When you join the registry, you are making a commitment to answer the call when a patient needs you to donate your cells for a marrow transplant. You may never be called or it could be many years before you get the call to be a donor.

NOT OLD ENOUGH TO

VOTE BUT WOKE ENOUGH

TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

PLEDGE TO JOIN

Donors who join the Be The Match Registry must be at least 18 years of age. But, if you’re not 18, you can still help. You can make a pledge or promise to join the Be The Match Registry when you turn 18.

When you pledge to join, Be The Match will communicate with you via email and send you a reminder when you turn 18 years old to join the registry.

When you join the registry, you are making a commitment to answer the call when a patient needs you to donate your cells for a marrow transplant. You may never be called or it could be many years before you get the call to be a donor.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Be The Match Ambassadors have the opportunity to earn a stipend and community service credit, all while helping the Black and African American community with a prevalent health issue. Do you know a high school student who could be a good Be The Match Ambassador? Ambassadors must be enrolled in the following school system:
Atlanta Public Schools

Clayton County Schools
DeKalb County Schools
Fulton County Schools

Click here to submit your student for consideration and receive information.

List Of Participating High Schools

Atlanta College and Career Academy (Atlanta)

Cedar Grove HS (DeKalb)

Maynard Jackson HS (Atlanta)

Banneker HS (Fulton)

Booker T. Washington HS (Atlanta)

Clarkston HS (DeKalb)

Creekside (Fulton)

Mays HS (Atlanta)

Southwest DeKalb HS (DeKalb)

TAKE THE DONOR

KIT CHALLENGE AND

SECURE THE BAG

FOR YOUR SCHOOL.

DONOR KIT CHALLENGE

Help your high school get that money!

Be The Match will donate $10 per returned donor kit to your high school.  The donation could be used for school upgrades, supplies, and other things to benefit your student community.

SHOOT YOUR SHOT TO

WIN UP TO $1,000!

VIDEO CONTEST

Are you nice with a camera?

The We Are The Cure – High School Video Contest is designed to give students ages 16-19, who are currently enrolled in an eligible metro Atlanta high school, the opportunity to encourage their peers and local community to join the Be The Match Registry. All you need to do is create and send us a 60 second video addressing why people should join the Be The Match Registry. You will have a chance to win a ton of prizes.

Contact Us

For media requests, community partnerships or to learn more about what we are doing in Atlanta, shoot an email to bethematch@metricsmktg.com.