Kris’s diagnosis—Transformed Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)—is extremely rare, and there is only one known treatment: a stem cell and bone marrow transplant. At this time, there is no known match for Kris in the National Marrow Donor Registry, so we need your help and prayers to find a donor.
Be The Match®: Join the National Marrow Donor Program Today
If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, in good health and willing to donate to any patient in need, please join the National Marrow Donor Program. You may not be a match for Kris, but there are thousands of patients with blood cancers who are looking for a match to save their lives. That match could be you.
It is incredibly easy to join the registry, and you can complete the entire process online and at home. Here’s how it works:
- Join Online. Register at http://join.marrow.org/krisminer. You’ll provide your contact information and complete a simple health evaluation survey to confirm that you meet basic registry guidelines.
- Complete the In-Home Registration Kit. You will receive a kit by mail within a few days of joining the registry online. All you have to do is swab your inner cheek four times and return the kit in the mail (postage paid).
That’s it. The National Marrow Donor Program will tissue type the samples you provide and use the results to potentially match you to patients in needs. According to the Be The Match website, on average, one in every 540 members of the Be The Match registry in the United States will go on to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells to a patient.
For an overview of the donation process, watch this video:
For complete FAQs on joining the registry, visit http://marrow.org/Join/FAQs_about_Joining.aspx.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you cannot join the National Marrow Donor Registry, you can still help to find bone marrow donors for patients like Kris. Consider these opportunities:
- Pray for Donors to Come Forward. Please pray for Kris and all other patients who are in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. Pray that people will be made aware of the need to donate and that their hearts will lead them to register as a willing donor.
- Ask Your Friends and Family to Join the Registry. You can help to spread the word about the need for donors. Tell your friends and family about the opportunity to join the National Marrow Donor Registry, and consider posting the opportunity to your broad social network through sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
- Donate to the National Marrow Donor Program. According to the Be The Match website, the average cost to add a new member to the registry is about $100. You can help cover these costs so new donors can join free of charge. To make a donation, visit https://secure2.convio.net/marrow/site/SPageNavigator/Donation_home_secure.
- Participate in a Be The One Run. If you’re a runner or walker, you can take part in a Be The One Run in cities all over the country. These events raise funds to support transplant research, help patients with uninsured costs and grow the Be The Match marrow donor registry. Lear more at http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/site/PageNavigator/BTOR_Global_home.