Adriana, or “Adri”, was diagnosed in the Spring of 2015. From the very beginning, the odds were against her because her disease was not only chemo resistant, but her chances of finding a match were very low due to her diverse ancestry. Those of Hispanic heritage have a 46% chance of finding a matched donor on the Be The Match Registry®.
That’s where Mike came in. In December of 2014, he’d joined the donor registry at Wilmington University, where he was a marketing major at the time. A year to the day of his registration, he donated his life-saving blood stem cells to Adri, who also happened to be of Puerto Rican ancestry.
Adri eventually got to meet Mike and thank her hero for saving her life.
More people from all ethnic backgrounds need to join the registry, so we can up the odds for all patients.
Be The Match. Save a life. Join the donor registry today.
We’ll ask you a series of questions about your medical history to see if you meet basic qualifications.
We’ll need to get a sample of your DNA. Your kit should arrive in about 3-7 business days.
It’s easy – just swab your cheek and mail the DNA sample back to us to complete your registration.
Because of the genetic complexity of matching donors to patients, it could be weeks, months or years before you’re contacted to donate.
Be ready if you’re contacted as a match. If called, you’re a patient’s best genetic match from the entire registry and perhaps their only hope for a cure.