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  1. This Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Be The Match

    August 17, 2015 by Andrea

    Photo: CreateHER Stock

    Every September, you show your support for Sickle Cell Awareness Month by entering 5Ks, wearing your red, attending community events, and donating blood. All of these things are wonderful and much-needed; however, if you're looking for a new way to give back, check out Be The Match. As stated on its website, "Be The Match is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation," and many sickle cell warriors need these transplants to save their lives, so that they can receive new bone marrow that will no longer produce sickled red blood cells, but normal ones. 

    Currently, bone marrow transplants are the only cure for SCD -- but they are very hard to come by, especially since finding a good match depends a lot on the ethnic backgrounds of the patients and the donors. In fact, according to Be The Match, 70% of all patient don't have a matched donor in their family. Here's how you can help:

    1) Register for Be The Match.
    To sign up, you must be between the ages of 18 and 44, as this is the age group that is requested by doctors 90% of the time.

    2) Wait to Be Contacted.
    If you turn out to be a potential match, you will be contacted about next steps.

    You can potentially save someone's life. Join now and spread the word.

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