Be the match

Join the Marrow Donor Registry

Take the first step to become a bone marrow donor. Join the Be the Match RegistrySM and you could be the one to save a life.

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National Marrow Donor Program

Be the match

NMDP and Be the Match celebrate 25 years of saving lives.  To learn more, click here.

Someone Needs You. Join the Be The Match Marrow® Registry.

Thousands of people face life-threatening diseases that can only be cured with a blood stem cell transplant. Most patients do not have a match in their family. They need help from a stranger in order to survive, someone who has joined the Be the Match® Registry. You may be their only hope for a cure.

Every year, 10,000 patients, who don’t have a match in their family, desperately search the marrow registry for a lifesaving donor. These are our moms and dads and grandparents, our brothers and sisters, our children and friends.

Only half of these patients receive the transplant that could save their lives, in large part because there is no match for them.

Download our Be the Match® Report to the Community for more information.

What is a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant?

Marrow produces the blood-forming cells that transplant patients need. The immature marrow stem cells can develop into any of the cells present in the blood stream: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. There are three sources of blood stem cells: bone marrow, the circulating blood (called PBSC) or umbilical cord blood. Your healthy donor cells go directly into the patient’s bloodstream after their diseased blood-producing system is destroyed with chemotherapy and radiation. The new donor cells travel to the marrow, where they begin to function and multiply in the patient’s body, creating healthy marrow and blood cells.

How do you join the registry?

If you are between the ages of 18-44, patients need you. Your heritage could prove to match a patient who needs someone to help them, and your youth proivdes the best cells and outcomes for those patients.

Complete a registration form, provide contact information, health history, and a signed agreement to join the Registry.

Give a sample of cheek cells using 4 sterile cotton swabs to be sent for tissue-typing.

If you qualify as a potential match to a patient, you will be contacted to confirm your commitment, update your health history and have further testing to see if you are the best match.

If you are the best match and asked to donate:

You are given a complete physical exam to make sure a donation is safe for both you and the recipient. You are invited to a meeting to answer any questions.

There is no cost to the donor for physical exam, the assessment or the donation itself. To the recipient, and their loved ones, you will forever be regarded as a hero.

The total cost to add a new member to the Be The Match registry is about $100. RRVBC is committed to making the registry available to all who wish to join. RRVBC must raise these monies to support our community and this program. While we host the Annual Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness to pay some of these costs, we still need contributions from individuals, organizations and corporations. If you are 45 or older, we still need YOU! Your tax-deductible gift helps add more members to our registry, making lifesaving transplants a reality.

To help, download a registration and consent form. Bring the completed, signed form to one of the Rock River Valley Blood Center’s four locations click here. For more information, call 1-877-RRVBC-99 or email

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