Be the Match BLK 2023

We Are The Cure

Every day Black and African American children and adults are diagnosed with and suffer from sickle cell disease, leukemia and other blood cancers. There is a cure. Donors of the same ethnic background have the power to save a life. YOU could be a genetic match for a searching patient. Join the registry today.

We Need Your Help to Increase the Odds

Black and African American patients diagnosed with blood cancers, sickle cell and leukemia have a 29% chance of finding a matching, available donor on the Be The Match Registry® simply because more Black and African American donors are needed. Patients are most likely to match a donor who shares their ethnic background. Simply swabbing your cheek will enter you into the Be The Match Registry® and potentially save a life.

Black or African American




Dear Future Donor

When was the last time you experienced true joy?

With Be The Match, you can save a life and unleash the possibilities. Make the choice. Be the cure. Discover gratitude like nothing else on earth.

Did You Know?


The Next Move is Yours.

To be listed as a potential donor, and have the chance to save the life of a patient in need – you must join the registry. You won’t donate until there is a patient who’s matched specifically with you.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Request a swab kit online
  2. When your kit arrives in the mail, follow the instructions to swab your cheek
  3. Drop the pre-paid envelope containing your swab in the mail – and that’s it!

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family why you swabbed and encourage them to do so too.

Have your Kit? Watch the How-to Video

It’s Easy to Save a Life

Curious About the Donation Process?

There are two methods of donating

  1. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC)
  2. Marrow Donation

90% of the time, people give through a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation; a nonsurgical process similar to donating plasma.

10% of the time, marrow donation takes place in a hospital. Donors receive anesthesia and feel no pain as doctors withdraw liquid marrow from the rear of the pelvic bone. Donors often say any minor discomfort they experienced was a small price to pay for the opportunity to save someone’s life.

Have more questions? Learn about the donation process, how we protect your DNA, and more.

Lauren’s Story

Blood Stem Cell Donor

Don’t let fear be the only reason you don’t save a life.”

Our Partners

We are so thankful for the continued support of the We Are the Cure campaign by:

  • Children’s Hospital of Atlanta
  • City of Atlanta
  • Dekalb County
  • Gwinnett County
  • V-103
  • Apex Museum
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • LA Fitness
  • Fox 5 Media

Start Saving Lives

Join the Registry

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