Jodi first learned she had blood cancer when she was pregnant with her daughter Brook. She had chemotherapy and went into remission. But when her daughter was a year and a half, her cancer returned, and she knew she’d need a marrow transplant.
Brie, a mom of twin boys, joined Be The Match Registry® in February of 2012 and learned she was a match for someone in October of that same year. She agreed to help, and the doctor requested Peripheral Blood Stem Cells.
In the week leading up to the donation, Brie received two shots a day for five days of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells in her bloodstream. Then she underwent the stem cell collection, a process similar to donating plasma, on the sixth day.
Brie’s life-saving cells cured Jodi’s cancer. She tells Brie, “I am just so thankful for you.”
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.