Be The Match FAQ

Why is there a need for people to join the Be The Match Registry?

Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life. Patients need donors who are a genetic match. Even with a registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed.

What is a bone marrow transplant?

Bone marrow transplant is a life-saving treatment for people with leukemia, lymphoma and many other diseases. First, patients undergo chemotherapy and sometimes radiation to destroy their diseased marrow. Then a donor's healthy blood-forming cells are given directly into the patient's bloodstream, where they can begin to function and multiply.

What is my commitment if I join?

When you join the Be The Match Registry, you make a commitment to:

  • Be listed on the registry until your 61st birthday, unless you ask to be removed.
  • Consider donating to any searching patient who matches you.
  • Keep us updated if your address changes, you have significant health changes or you change your mind about being a donor.
  • Respond quickly if you are contacted as a potential match for a patient.
I think I may have already joined. How can I verify that I am on the registry?

Be The Match Registry is another name for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry. Whether you joined the NMDP Registry or Be The Match Registry, online or in person, you are part of the same registry and do not need to join again. If you have previously given a blood sample or cheek cell sample to be tested for the registry, you do not need to join again.

If you are unsure whether you joined, you can contact us at:
1 (800) MARROW-2

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