NH+C’s Surgical Services team and St. Olaf’s student-run Volunteer Network registered 80 willing donors with Be The Match, an international registry that connects patients who need a bone marrow transplant to donors with compatible bone marrow.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, bone marrow transplant is the cure. The trick is finding the right donor. The more individuals registered with Be The Match, the better the chances of finding a match.
Donors who are a match for a patient in need are contacted directly by Be The Match to arrange their donation. About 1 in 430 members of the Be The Match Registry in the U.S. will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) to a patient.
Did you miss the drive? Still want to register? Donors age 18-44 are always welcome. Join Be The Match online anytime: https://join.bethematch.org/