The need for more minority donors:
Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases need a bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. They depend on Be The Match Registry® to find a match — someone like you.
We all have the power to help, the power to give hope.
Finding a match: The basics
For a successful transplant, a patient needs a matching donor. Special testing determines whether a patient and a bone marrow donor or umbilical cord blood are a good match. The closer the match, the better for the patient.
Race and ethnicity matter:
Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors and cord blood units from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the Be The Match Registry increases the likelihood that patients will find the match they need.
Your heritage can make all the difference. If you are from one of the following communities, you are especially encouraged to register as a marrow/stem cell donor or donate umbilical cord blood:
- Black and African American
- American Indian and Alaska Native
- Asian, including South Asian
- Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
- Hispanic and Latino
- Multiple race
Learn more about the importance of diversifying and increasing the donor pool, here.