Be The Match
NATIONAL MARROW DONOR PROGRAM
Every year, more than 12,000 Americans get life-threatening diseases that can only be cured with a bone marrow transplant. Seventy percent (70%) of these patients do not have a family member who is a suitable donor, and a donation from a volunteer marrow donor is their only hope for survival. When you join Be The Match, you become part of every patient’s search for a donor.
Marrow is needed to treat patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and many other blood diseases.
Since partnering with Be The Match, LifeStream has added more than 32,500 donors to the registry – more than 1,000 donors every year. Since 1988, LifeStream has facilitated more than 230 marrow donations for patients who did not have matching donors in their families.
Ian Aviles Story
Ian’s fighting spirit never left him and thanks to volunteer blood and marrow donations, he is alive today.
Registration is easy and done with a quick swap of the cheek.
Registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and meet general health and weight requirements. Eighteen to 44-year-olds who qualify, may register free of charge at any LifeStream donor center or community blood drive. Those ages 45-60 may join online with a $100 tax-deductible contribution.
How to Register
Be the Match representatives are at all LifeStream donation locations.
You can also register online at www.bethematch.org. Be sure to enter the promo code – 92408 located on the “Account Setup” page.
For more information on marrow donation or the Be the Match program, call us at 1.800.879.4484.
“Ian needed blood and marrow for a long time. LifeStream donors were there. They gave our son a chance.
-Jose Aviles, Ian’s father