Be The Match. Save A Life.November 12, 2012
By Jen Kreilich,
We get to do some very cool work here at Fast Horse. Some of it vitally important work, like raising awareness for our client Be The Match®.
Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. It is known worldwide as the largest, most diverse registry of marrow donors and cord blood units.
Every day, new searches of the Be The Match registry are begun for patients with critical stage leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other diseases of the blood. For these patients, marrow transplant is the only cure.
That is what struck us so deeply when we started working with Be The Match and has fueled our passion for the cause – that for thousands of critically ill blood cancer patients, there IS a cure.
And, the amazing thing is, that cure could be me. Or it could be you.
Although organ donation often comes from a family member, marrow donation is different. More than 70% of patients in need do not have a match in their own family. The larger the registry, the more likely it is that each patient will find a matching donor and receive their cure.
If you’re interested in more information, I’d encourage you to check out Be The Match.
Financial donations can also contribute to someone’s cure. Be The Match uses financial contributions to grow the Be The Match Registry. When more people join the registry, patients have a greater chance of finding a match.
The organization also uses contributions to help cover costs for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Many patients and families rely on support from Be The Match to pay for travel, lodging and other expenses that are not often covered by insurance.
Additionally, Be The Match uses contributions to fund research that advances the science of bone marrow and cord blood transplantation, from better matching the right donor to the right patient to improving post-transplant treatment.