Be The Match: Donate and Save a Life
Al Gomez from Be The Match paid us a visit on January 17th, 2019. Be The Match is one of the largest bone marrow registries that work to pair bone marrow donors with thousands of people affected by life threatening disease. Operated by the National Bone Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), Be The Match insures to guide every family in their transplant journey while they continue their mission on curing cancer and saving lives.
How Does It Work?
About 70% of patients who do need a transplant because of a blood related disease like lymphoma or leukemia do not have have a donor in their immediate family. That is when they turn to Be The Match to assist them in their search for their loved family members donor. Their registry currently includes about 20 million donors ready to assist patients in their bone marrow transplant, but there is still more work to be done since many patients still have yet to find a donor to change their life. According to Be The Match, “a bone marrow transplant takes a donor’s healthy blood-forming cells and puts them into the patient’s bloodstream, where they begin to grow and make healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.” Read on to discover the different ways Be The Match assist their community.
Be The Match also provides on-on-one support to families and patients going on their transplant journey. This support includes support groups, tips for communication with health care teams, help finding clinical trials for blood disorders, multi-lingual support, and many more resources to assist families, caregivers, and patients in need. Not to mention, Be The Match provides all of these resources for free and over the phone as well. Be The Match also offers financial aid programs since dealing with blood disorders can get fairly expensive.
How Can You Help?
If you did not get a chance to stop by the Be The Match booth it is not too late! Be The Match is a great way to help you help others. Acting as a third party facilitator, Be The Match can help you save a life. To learn more about how you can support the cause, visit their page here. Southern California Health Institute would like to thank Be The Match for all the work they do supporting families and patients in need.