When he was just 3 years old, Owen was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare blood cancer. Chemotherapy wasn’t a viable treatment option and doctors knew his only chance was a marrow transplant. But Owen, like 70 percent of patients in need of a transplant, did not have a fully matched marrow donor in his family.
Fortunately for Owen, Laura had joined Be The Match Registry®. When she got the call that she was a match for a little boy, she agreed to donate, and she helped save Owen’s life. With so many patients facing blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases, we need you to register, too. You could be the answer a family is searching for. You could be the cure.
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.