I’m Officially a Registered Potential Bone Marrow Donor
August 10, 2012
In June, I submitted my information to register as a bone marrow donor with “Be The Match” after discovering that my donor information wasn’t in the national registry (I registered as an undergraduate but never found out which registry I was with; I always assumed it was the national one). This morning, I received the following email.
Thank you for joining the Be The Match Registry®. You are now an official member of the registry, making you part of every patient’s search for a match.
You will receive your membership card by mail in about a month.
If you are a possible match for a patient, we will contact you with important next steps. Please be ready to respond if you are called!
New patient searches begin every day, so you could be a match for a patient soon or many years from now, or you may never be identified as a match for someone. About 1 in 540 members of the Be The Match Registry go on to donate to a patient.
Ways you can stay involved:
Watch for your monthly e-newsletter for registry members offering information about the donation process, donor and patient stories and updates on our work.
Update your contact information if it changes, so we can reach you quickly if you match a patient.