How to Register

Donor Eligibility

*Requirements to be a marrow donor are different from those to be a blood donor.

Where Do I Register?

You can register in one of four ways:

  1. Find a registration drive near you
  2. Can’t make a registration drive? You request a home test kit to be mailed to you.
  3. Visit our office in Alameda. Please call us to make an appointment.
  4. Register online at Be The Match

*At donor registry drives, we focus on recruiting new registry members ages 18 to 44. This is based on medical research that shows younger donors are best for patients and provide the greatest chance for transplant success. Because of this, doctors request donors in the 18 to 44 age group over 90% of the time.

If you are between the ages of 45 and 60 and want to join the bone marrow registry, you must do so online. You will be asked to make a $100 payment to cover the cost to join.

Information you need on your consent form

On your consent form you will need to provide:

  • Your general personal information, including your SSN#
  • Answer 9 questions about your health history
  • Provide information of two (2) contacts (friends or relatives) who do not live with you and who do not live with each other

Consent Form process: watch video, here.

Provide a cheek swab

A sample of your tissue type is collected by a swab of cheek cells. Your tissue sample will be sent to Be The Match Registry and use the results to match you to searching patients. Instructions are included inside your home test kit.

A video instructions is also available to you, here.
Buccal Swabbing process: watch video, here.

Your commitment to patients

Once you join the registry, the most important thing you can do is stay committed.
Show your commitment by taking this life-saving pledge:

As a Member of Be The Match Registry® I understand that:

  • By joining the registry, I am saying I am willing to donate to any patient in need.
  • The cheek swab or blood sample I gave when I joined was only used to add me to the registry. It was not a donation for a patient.
  • I will be listed on the registry until I am 61, unless I inform Be The Match® that I’m unwilling or unable to donate. Contact Be The Match

If I match a patient:

  • I will respond quickly.
  • I will be asked to give a blood sample for further testing.
  • I will be asked to make a time commitment of 20 to 30 hours over a 4- to 6-week period to attend appointments and donate.
  • If I donate peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), I will receive injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells in my bloodstream.
  • If I donate marrow, anesthesia will be used.

I promise to:

Share your commitment to marrow donation with your friends and family!