Be the Match

Overview

New for the 2021 Equity & Diversity Conference Presented by Hilti, the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access created an opportunity to provide a collaborative service project between all UNT departments and organizations with Be The Match.

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Why Be The Match?

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell, a cure exists. Over the past 30 years, Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. They work every day to save lives through transplant.

While the registry is diverse, there remains a real health disparity where each patient does not have an equal chance of finding their life-saving match. There are simply not enough people registered within Black, African American, Asian, and Hispanic ethnic communities. We can change this through awareness.

Internal Sponsorship

When you support the Equity & Diversity conference 10% will go back to a UNT student, faculty or staff member, or North Texas searching patient.

Expanding Be The Match registrations of potential blood stem cell donors is key. 70% of all searching patients need to find their match within the community.

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"Because of a selfless stranger who donated stem cells, I am alive!" – Rhonda Christensen

Success Story

A UNT research professor was one such searching patient. In November 2007, Rhonda Christensen was diagnosed with leukemia. After months of treatment, her doctor told her a marrow transplant was her only hope of surviving. At the time, there was a 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a perfect match. Rhonda, a wife and mother of two boys, found her match with Elizabeth, a student, and a complete stranger. It was Elizabeth's blood that saved Rhonda's life. Two complete strangers, now great friends!

 

How Would Your Funds Be Used?

  • Marketing support, such as paid social media ads, to drive awareness of the patient need and increase registrations
  • Support of UNT student groups and organizations for drive supplies and expenses
  • UNT student volunteer expenses
  • Patient and family medical expenses
  • Patient and family auxiliary expenses, such as travel and lodging
  • Extended education expenses to help through treatment, such as tutors

Join the Registry

Please help us diversify the Be The Match registry! If you are 18-44, in general good health, and willing to donate to anyone in need: we need YOU! There are 3 ways you can join the registry:

  1. Text UNT to 61474
  2. Register online
  3. Or scan the QR code
    Registry QR code

 

Share Your Story

If you know of, or if your life is being touched by a blood cancer such as leukemia and sickle cell, Be the Match invites you to share your story. Be the Match wants to support their Mean Green family by helping to find their match! Please reach out to Tressa Malone at 972-333-4906 or by email at tressa@icla.org.