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News for registry members committed to marrow donation February 2013


Meet Three Patients in Need of a Match and Learn What You Can Do

Kevin is a journalist and a newlywed from California. Carol is a physician assistant and breast cancer survivor from South Carolina. And Andy (A-Dog) Williams is a young Hip-Hop DJ from Vermont. They don’t know each other, but they understand each other’s fight.

Each knows that somewhere in the world is a person who could save their life. They all have some form of blood cancer that can be treated with a marrow transplant. But none of them have a marrow match in their family and currently there is no matching donor on the Be The Match Registry. So what’s next for them?

They’re not giving up, and you can help. Please spread the word to your family, friends and co-workers to join the Be The Match Registry today. The more people who join, the better the chances all patients have of receiving a transplant.

To make it easy to spread the word, we’ve provided you with Facebook and Twitter posts.

Spread the word on Facebook >
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Follow Sara Through Her PBSC Donation

Remember Sara? Last year, we shared a letter from Sara, detailing her excitement to be someone’s match on the registry. Now she’s back to share a detailed account of her peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation experience.

From day one of her filgrastim injections through donation, Sara tells it like it is. Through her first-hand experience, you’ll be able to see what PBSC donation is all about.

Watch Sara’s PBSC donation experience >
Read Sara’s letter before she was a donor >

Get Involved

Build the Cause
While you wait for the call

Looking for new ways to get involved with Be The Match? Check out our revamped Get Involved page to find upcoming Be The Match Walk+Run events, Facebook and Twitter images to share, Pinterest favorites and much more.

Check out our new get involved page >


“I Walk for People Who Have Nothing Left Except Hope.” Gary’s Story

Gary, a 61-year-old physical education teacher walks to provide hope—hope for those in need of a marrow transplant. After his colleague Aggie was diagnosed with a blood cancer as a result of her treatments for breast cancer, Gary got tested to see if he was a marrow match. Gary ultimately found out that he was not a match for Aggie and decided to help by getting involved with Be The Match. Since 2011, Gary has walked in every Be The One Run, now Be The Match Walk+Run event—remotely from his home in Montana and now in memory of Aggie.

Follow Gary’s walk for hope >

Keith Ellison

Make Things Happen
Join Our Advocacy Action Network

Last summer, a dedicated group of marrow transplant recipients and donors participated in more than 30 meetings with lawmakers and legislative staffers to advocate for continued Congressional support of Be The Match. Through the new Be The Match Advocacy Action Network, we’re asking you to help continue this important work.

Learn about ways you can help >

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