Could you be a match for someone who needs a life-saving donation? Throughout the month of September, we're building awareness and trying to get more names on the Be the Match® registry. It's just a cheek swab to get registered and in most cases, if you're someone's life-saving match, donating is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure similar to donating platelets or plasma. You can get on the registry by going to any Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center facilities or attend one of the events we've listed below. Once on the registry, you might get the call to save someone's life!
Go to a Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center location to get on the registry! Click for a map of locations.
The swab is free for people 18-44. There's a fee for those older than 44. All gifts are tax-deductible
EVENTS AND REGISTRY DRIVES
9/3-9/6: 9am-3pm; Registry drive at SHSU in Huntsville
9/6: Patient Walk at Texas Children's Hospital
9/9-9/12: 10am-4pm; Registry drive at UH main campus
MEET RONNIE MASCHECK
I got involved with the marrow program shortly after my son, Zack, passed away. I could not let him die in vain and giving blood and platelets was just not enough. Hear Ronnie's story
HELP US SAVE LIVES
Patients in need of a bone marrow donation should not die because they they can't find a match. You can be a hero. You can be that match.
MEET MARIA ADEOTI
Since the Age of 19 I had been battling Cutaneous T-Cell lymphoma unknowingly. I had to stop attending classes at U of H and resign from my job. Hear Maria's story.
Did you know the majority of donations don't require any type of surgical procedure? Most require a simple peripheral blood stem cell donation, which is similar to donating platelets or plasma! There's still the possibility of a surgical outpatient procedure which is done under general anesthesia in a hospital. You're still able to go home the same day. More myths and facts here