We’re calling all first responders to band together and help fight blood cancer by joining the Be The Match Registry® as potential marrow donors. Many of your fellow life-savers have already answered the call to donate marrow, while others are searching for their own life-saving marrow matches. You can join the fight by registering with Be The Match and pledging to donate to any patient in need of a life-saving marrow transplant.
Will you answer the call to be someone’s cure?
Officer Medina has been serving his community for the past seven years. Now that he’s battling a life-threatening blood disease, he’s actively searching for a fully matched marrow donor.
Fire Chief Dennis encourages all his new recruits to join the marrow registry. As the marrow donor for a young boy who needed saving, he knows the power of Be The Match.
Declan is battling blood cancer and his “blue family” is stepping up to the plate. His dad and fellow police officers took on the mission of adding new potential donors to the registry.
Most people give through a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) donation. A machine draws blood from one arm, extracts the cells it needs, and returns the remaining blood back to your body through your other arm.
For some people, the doctor will need to extract marrow directly from the back of your pelvic bone with a needle. In this case, you’ll receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the procedure.
While TV shows and movies have wildly exaggerated bone marrow donation as something scary, the reality is much less dramatic. Donors are given anesthesia so they feel no pain during collection. Discomfort during recovery varies from person to person. Side effects may include back pain, fatigue, headache or bruising for a few days or weeks.
PBSC donors may experience headaches or body aches several days before collection, but these disappear shortly after donation.
Most donors feel completely recovered within a few weeks. A small price to pay for the chance to save a life.
Your body replaces the marrow that you give. And while no medical procedure is completely risk-free, every precaution is taken to ensure the safety and well-being of the donor.
Just answer a few basic questions online and then we’ll mail you a swab kit. Simply swab the inside of your cheeks and return the kit in the postage-paid envelope provided.
If you’re called as a match for a patient, we hope you’ll step up, respond and follow through on your commitment to be a donor.
Answer the call. Be the cure.
Are you a first responder and do you want your department to get involved by hosting a donor registry drive or helping spread the word about the need for marrow donors? Contact us to learn more.