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This summer, 63 patients/families are at risk* of not getting a life-saving bone marrow transplant because the financial burden is just too much.  

YOU can help. 

Join the 5th Annual Be The Match Champion Challenge! This life-saving community will raise $125,000 in June to secure grants for patients and their families to overcome financial barriers before, during and after transplant.  

Together, we can SAY YES to every patient in need.

Meet JJ

JJ, transplant recipient and Be The Match grant recipient


JJ was born with severe congenital neutropenia, a rare disorder characterized by low levels of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell). Luckily, at just 10 months old, he could receive a bone marrow transplant to treat it—thanks to finding a donor match on the Be The Match Registry®.

While transplant went smoothly, the costs during recovery really piled up—especially since his mother had stopped working to care for little JJ.

Thanks to a grant from the Be The Match® patient financial assistance program, JJ’s parents were able to focus on getting JJ as healthy as possible and stress less over the bills. The grant covered a lot of the (often overlooked) transplant-related expenses like meals, hospital parking and gas for regular visits to and from the hospital.

More families like JJ’s are calling us every week in distress because they need financial support to help them get through transplant.

Did you know?


The Be The Match patient assistance program is funded solely through the philanthropic support of our life-saving community. Without the generosity, this critical program wouldn’t be possible.

Overwhelmingly the barrier that patients express they are facing most often is financial*—nearly 40% of the time.

At its height, that need reached a 91% increase over the number of requests from the prior year.

In response, fundraisers stepped up and provided a historic number and amount of grant support to patients last year—$6.1 million to 2,320 patients and their families.

*Based on patient/caregiver-reported data from October 2021–September 2022.