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.

Dear Jenn,

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.

What’s next:
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.
  • Invite your friends to join the Be The Match Registry:
    http://registry.marrow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ecards_sept2009
  • Make a financial gift – Your gift will help patients with uninsured transplant costs, support transplant research and grow the Be The Match Registry: BeTheMatchFoundation.org/give

Jenn, welcome to a community of people passionate about saving lives through marrow donation.You are giving patients hope for a future.

Thank you for joining,
Be The Match

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