Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fwd: Marrow registry: Thanks to you, we won the Pepsi Refresh Grant

Yay to us!

-Dr. Tang

National Marrow Donor Program

Member Update

   REGISTRY MEMBER E-NEWS                                     JULY 2010

Race matters for patients and donors

People of all racial and ethnic backgrounds need transplants. Diagnosis with a life-threatening disease can happen to anyone. But when it comes to matching for transplant, a patient is more likely to find a donor from the same racial or ethnic background.
Learn more >

Transplant recipients Mary, Anna, Ricky and Hend. In 2009, the National Marrow Donor Program facilitated nearly twice as many transplants for people from racially or ethnically diverse heritage than we did five years ago, but some patients still face a challenge in finding a match.

Unusual twist of fate: Erma's donor story

Erma Hightower

When Erma’s husband Franco was told he needed a marrow transplant, Erma got involved right away, organizing to recruit members of her community to the Be The Match Registry®. She never guessed that she would be called as a match for someone else even before her husband received his transplant.
Read Erma’s story >

Be The One Run launches in Atlanta, Long Beach and Minneapolis

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We’re excited to announce the Be The One RunTM, a fundraising run/walk event. With a 5K, a 1K fun run and a Tot Trot, Be The One Run is perfect for the entire family and for people of all fitness levels.

Be The One Run events will raise funds to support transplant research, help patients with uninsured costs and grow the Be The Match Registry.

You're invited
In its first year, Be The One Run will feature run/walk events in three cities:

Atlanta – Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010

Long Beach, Calif. – Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Spring 2011

Get Involved
You can walk, run, sponsor a participant or volunteer to give patients a second chance at life. Participation from registry members like you is crucial to make the run a success!

If you're not nearby, you can still participate. Visit to support a runner or make a contribution to support the effort. Or post a badge to help us spread the word across the country.

Watch for Be The One Run to expand to more cities - maybe yours - next year.

Did you know?  NMDP is among the top 20 largest nonprofits in Minnesota

Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), with nearly 700 people at the NMDP’s Coordinating Center in Minneapolis and 38 locations across the United States. What keeps almost 700 employees busy every day doing their part to help save lives?  Find out >

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We won! Thank you for voting 

We are pleased to announce that Jimmie Johnson and Be The Match Foundation’s Transplant Grants for Kids won the $100,000 Pepsi Refresh grant last month.

See Jimmie's thank-you video

We couldn’t have done it without you. When we asked, you voted and put us over the top. Thank you from Be The Match, and from the patient families you’ve helped.

Nationally designated African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month

Across the nation, we're promoting donor awareness in recognition of African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. Learn more >

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