A portion of the book sales are donated to Be The Match.
$200 donated so far. Enough to test two potential donors.
My brother passed away from leukemia; he was only twenty years old. His doctors told us a bone marrow transplant could save him, so everyone in our family had our blood tested to see if we were a match. When none of us were, we turned to the Be The Match Registry, but still no match was found. During every happy moment in my life that I can’t share with my brother, I can’t help but think: What if? What if we’d found him a match?
At the time, the number of people registered as bone marrow donors was small, with very few minorities, and the only way to be tested was by having blood drawn. Nowadays, medical and technical advances have made it easier than ever to register as a donor. After signing up online, you’ll receive an in-home kit to swab your cheek and mail back. There are now nine million potential donors on the Be the Match Registry, but there can never be enough. Minorities are especially needed—because tissue types are inherited, patients are most likely to match someone of their own ethnicity.
Every year, more than ten thousand patients in the United States are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. You can help save a life so somebody else’s family doesn’t have to ask ‘what if?’
Please consider registering with Be The Match. More information
can be found at www.marrow.org.