Be The Match is a national registry that matches patients and donors based on their bone marrow, and on Tuesday potential donors gathered at Herkimer College to join the registry.
The database of more than 14 million people works to link people with Leukemia, sickle cell anemia and other immune disorders with possible bone marrow donors. When a match is made, the donor’s stem cells are transplanted to recreate new cells for a patient who needs them.
The process is very simple, and in just a short time, your cells could be saving someone’s life.
“All people are doing, if they meet the criteria of being 18 to 44, in general good health and willing to donate to any person in need, what they'll do is they’ll fill out a consent form, they’ll swab their cheeks, and in about 3-4 weeks they'll be on the registry," said Michael Garbin, senior community engagement representative for Be The Match.
The more donors who are on the list, the better chance there is of finding a perfect match for even the most rare immune disorder.