My name’s Ruby and I have sickle cell disease. As a Black American patient, my chances of finding a life-saving blood stem cell match are really low.

You could be my cure.

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Ruby, a Black American child, in a big red chair

Ruby doesn’t have what you’d call a normal childhood. Whereas most toddlers are leading carefree lives full of nonstop play and daily discoveries, Ruby’s home away from home is a hospital. After 27 hospitalizations and 4 surgeries, she’s learned to help the nurses check her vitals and take her temperature.

This is no way for a child to grow up.

Her sickle cell disease may be robbing her of her childhood, but it also threatens her future. Regardless of all the wonderful care she’s received, Ruby could still face pneumonia, stroke or worse if a blood stem cell match isn’t found.

As with all Black patients searching on the Be The Match Registry, she only has a 23% chance of finding a match. Join the registry and help Ruby overcome the odds.

Your Race Matters

Not everyone has an equal chance at finding a cure, but your participation can help change that.

Black Americans
23% have
a match
3 out of 4 won’t find a matched, available donor.
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How You Can Save a Life

With just a few simple steps, you’re on your way to making a big difference. See the whole process.


Create an
account online.


Order and return
your cheek swab kit.


Donate blood stem cells
if you match a patient.


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