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News for registry members committed to marrow donation October 2011
Jackie 2

What does it cost to be a donor?
Donors never pay for donating and are never paid to donate.

If you are selected as the best match for a patient and go on to donate, all medical costs for the donation procedure are covered by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), which operates the Be The Match Registry®, or by the patient’s medical insurance.

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Mark's Story
New fund to help patients - clarification
Our story in last month’s Marrow Connection enews omitted the Long Island Marrow Organization’s role in the new John T. and Caryn Camiolo Fund for Patient Assistance. The lead gift of $275,000 was provided by the Long Island Marrow Organization, its many supporters and its founder John Camiolo.

Thank you to all who contributed to kick off the new campaign to help patient families! If you didn’t have a chance to contribute last month, It's never too late.

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Give a Spit2
We’re asking college students to “Give a Spit" about cancer
This fall Be The Match is teaming up with, one of the largest organizations in the U.S. for young people and social change, to encourage college students to host donor registry drives at more than 100 college campuses. College students are the prime age to be marrow donors, yet many are unaware that it’s as easy as giving a “spit” to join the registry.

Check it out >
Jim and Linda-revised2

What are your chances of donating?*
On average, 1 in every 540 members of Be The Match Registry in the United States will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) to a patient.

Thought your odds would be better? Please remember this: For some patients, out of 9 million registry members, only one is a match. You never know when you could be the one a patient needs.

Find out your chances >

*A reader favorite - story repeated due to high interest
Mark's Story
Workplace giving program - another way to help patients
Be The Match Foundation®; is now a member of Community Health Charities (CHC) – the largest workplace giving collaborative with a focus on health issues. If CHC is a part of your workplace giving program, you can direct donations to Be The Match Foundation. If you are a government or federal employee, and give through the Combined Federal Campaign, our designation is code is 10579. If you have questions about this program, contact

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