While bone marrow diseases affect people of all races, Black people are the most underrepresented when it comes to finding donors who could potentially save their lives — there are currently 9 million people in the Be The Match donor registry and only 8 percent are Black. As of September 2021, statistics show that 75 percent of Black blood cancers patients will never find a lifesaving donor. Learn more about the importance of diversifying the donor registry.
This initiative was established by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Black Coaches Council (BCC).
What is Be The Match?
Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As trusted leaders in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, they provide the ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education that save lives.
Be The Match® is the hub of a global bone marrow transplant network that connects 470 leading centers worldwide, including 155 transplant centers in the United States and 38 international transplant centers.
Learn more about Be The Match® at bethematch.org.
What is Get in the Game. Save a Life.®?
Get In the Game. Save a Life.® is a recruitment program that utilizes the power of collegiate athletics to recruit blood stem cell donors for the Be The Match registry.
What is the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation?
The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their mission is to increase the odds of finding lifesaving donors for patients in need of a marrow transplant by registering young, committed donors to the Be The Match Registry — they primarily partner with collegiate football programs, but are hoping to expand to additional collegiate sports.
To host a donor drive event or game, contact getinthegame@NMDP.org today.