GIVE BACK: DAY 9 – Be The Match

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CJ KellyCJ Kelly, Growth Manager

Giving Back to Be the Match

 
 

The cure for blood cancer is in the hands of ordinary people, like you.

 
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. We work every day to save lives through transplant.

I remember the day I found out my brother was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I can tell you exactly where I was standing, down to the color of the walls. I remember what I was wearing and I can still hear my mom’s voice. We would fight this head on together. During his battle, and after many failed treatments, the doctors decided he needed a marrow transplant. After a search of the registry came up empty, I was asked to do a test. As his sibling I had a 1 in 4 chance of being a viable donor. My heart broke when I was told I was not a good enough match.

I know most people don’t think about these things until their family is affected. It’s been 5 years since my brother passed away. I share a piece of his journey with you because I truly believe there is hope. You can help give a mother, son, brother, sister, husband, wife, or father the match my brother didn’t have. You could be someone’s cure.

 
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