Be The Match Spokesperson Kim Allen explained that for patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match is a community of donors, volunteers, health care professionals and researchers who deliver cures by helping patients get the life-saving marrow or cord blood transplant they need. 70 percent of patients do not have a donor in their family. They depend on Be The Match. Be The Match facilitates more marrow and cord blood transplants every year6,300 transplants in 2013, for a total of 61,000 transplants since 1987. Every dollar they raise helps more patients afford transplant, adds potential marrow donors to the registry and funds our life-saving research.
Cynthia Speckman, a Be The Match recipient, joined us today to share her diagnosis, search for a donor match and transplant experience. Cynthia, along with more than a dozen transplant advocates are scheduled to arrive on Capitol Hill on June 12, to meet with legislators to call for Congressional support to restore funding for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory. Be The Match relies on federal funds provided by these programs to grow the nation's ranks of volunteer marrow donors, as well as to increase the inventory of umbilical cord blood units.
Under sequestration, the programs have been cut by approximately $3 million, meaning that as many as 20,000 willing volunteers and 1,000 cord blood units may not be added to the national registry. Restoring pre-sequestration level funding to both programs will help more people find a match and will save lives.
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