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"Be the Match" National Bone Marrow Registry Drive

Date: October 28, 2013 - October 29, 2013

Every day

Location: Rogers Student Center, Genecov, Jenkins and Pirtle

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: free

Sign up to be a potential donor by joining the Be The Match registry. No cost. No blood drawn---only a cheek swab.

Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell. Bone marrow transplants are a life-saving treatment for these diseases. However, 4 out of 10 patients will never receive a transplant. You can do something to change this. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 that meets the general health requirements can sign up to be a potential donor by joining the Be The Match registry.  No cost. No blood drawn---only a cheek swab.

Registry can be found in the following locations:

  • Rogers: Information center
  • Genecov: mezzanine
  • Jenkins:  east side of front lobby
  • Pirtle: 2nd floor lobby 

During this five-minute process no blood is taken, and people complete a simple health screening and a simple cheek swab. Doctors around the world search the registry to find a match for their patients. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed. 

About 1 in 540 members of the Be The Match Registry in the United States will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) to a patient. Doctors request donors in the 18-44 age group 90 percent of the time. That's because research shows cells from younger donors lead to more successful transplants. You may never be identified as a match for someone, or you might be one of a number of potential matches. But you may also be the only one on the registry who can save a particular patient's life. After being on the registry since 2004, Dale Cates, TJC biology professor, was a donor this past September at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas.  His recipient was a 58 year old woman suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Spain.


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