As a senior at University of Colorado-Boulder, a defensive end for the football team, and an aspiring doctor, Derek’s got a lot on his plate. But when Be The Match called to say that he was also the perfect match for a man with leukemia, he didn’t hesitate. Derek donated blood stem cells to save a stranger’s life.
For Derek, the opportunity to save John’s life has made the experience more than worth it. Derek joined the Be The Match Registry® through a program called Get in the Game—but you can sign up to save a life right here. In Derek’s words: “I really am grateful I got to be a part of this.”
Thousands of patients facing life-threatening blood disorders need donors like you. Who will you save?
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.