What We Do
Curing Blood Cancers and More
For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a hematopoietic cell transplant (bone marrow or cord blood transplant) may be their best or only hope for a cure. Yet 70% of patients who need a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family.They depend on National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match® and our supporters to find a match to save their life.
Our founders recognized the need and started a registry of volunteer donors. And today, our service and resources extend far beyond the Registry. We serve as the hub of our global network to facilitate transplants, improve access to transplant, conduct research, educate and support patients, and provide extensive resources and education for healthcare professionals.
Growing Be The Match Registry to Find a Match for All Patients
Be The Match Registry is the world's largest registry with more than 10.5 million potential donors and nearly 185,000 umbilical cord blood units. We have facilitated more than 50,000 matches, to help patients get the transplant they need. Although we can now find matches for 66% to 93% of patients (depending on race and ethnicity), we need to find a matching donor for all patients who need a transplant. Our innovative efforts are improving diversity, gaining younger donors-those most likely to be called, and better engaging donors to be available when called.
Facilitating Transplants Throughout the World
Our global network counts on our groundbreaking technology, bioinformatics, search expertise and unparalleled logistical support at every step to make the transplant possible. We now facilitate more than 5,800 transplants each year. From the moment a clinician searches our registry for a donor, to the safe delivery of the cells to a patient for transplant—we are there every step of the way. Like the clinicians we work with every day, we too are touched by the lives saved through transplant, which drives our never-ending passion and dedication to find and deliver the match they need.
Improving Access to Transplant
While the number of all transplants-autologous and allogeneic-has grown considerably in recent years, our analysis shows that more than half of those who need a transplant never receive one. As the leader of the System Capacity Initiative, we are partnering with our network and other related professional organizations to increase the number of transplant workforce professionals and provide a care delivery system to meet this growing need. We collaborate with Payors and government officials to deepen the understanding of the coverage needs for all transplant patients. We also conduct Health Outcomes Research to understand barriers in access to transplant care.
Supporting Patients, Caregivers and Families
We partner with healthcare professionals to provide one-on-one support for patients with blood cancers and other diseases, and for those receiving either an allogeneic or autologous transplant. We offer educational resources and guidance in all phases-before, during and after transplant-for emotional, medical, and financial needs. Healthcare professionals can also use these services for their patients, which are free to all.
Providing Clinical Education for Healthcare Professionals
We also support healthcare professionals who refer patients for a transplant, perform transplants and provide care for patients after transplant. We provide resources, guidelines, CME education, training and more, so clinicians can make the decisions they need to best care for their patients.
Partnering to Pursue New Life-Saving Cellular Therapy Treatments
Through our subsidiary, Be The Match BioTherapiesSM, we’re extending the capabilities we’ve developed through our 30 years of experience to help organizations deliver new cellular therapies to save more lives and improve the quality of life for patients, including those who face complications following transplant. These include companies researching and developing therapies using a patient’s own cells (autologous) and those using donor cells (allogeneic).
Learn more about Be The Match BioTherapies
Conducting Research that is Saving Lives Today
Our dedication to research has had a significant impact on transplant outcomes and has improved quality-of-life for hundreds of thousands of transplant patients. With more than 700 research publications and 250 active studies, our research program CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Program), in collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin, is a global effort to conduct research to help more patients survive.
Raising Funds to Save More Lives
We raise funds to ensure that all patients receive the life-saving transplant they need. Much of our work is made possible because of generous supporters and volunteers. Every dollar raised helps us add new potential donors to Be The Match Registry, conduct research, and provide grants to patients to ease the financial burden before and after transplant.