We all understand that by being on the Be The Match registry you might be selected to donate and save a life at no financial cost to yourself. However, not enough people are registered to prevent the continual loss of life. Here are the facts (marrow.org):
- Every year, more than 10,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma for which a marrow or cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best or only hope of a cure.
- Most patients (about 70 percent) in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on the NMDP’s Be The Match Registry® to find an unrelated donor or cord blood unit.
- Be The Match facilitates more than 5,200 transplants a year.