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Cancer does not discriminate, but cancer care and treatment options do.

 

Patients are most likely to match a donor who shares their ethnic background. While a blood stem cell transplant cures over 70 different life-threatening diseases, ethnically diverse patients have a dramatically lower chance of finding a match.

 

It takes a community to up these odds. How? Starting with a simple cheek swab! Together, we can achieve equal outcomes for all.

You can Increase the Odds

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Be the Match

College of the Canyons

Together We can Save Lives!

We are a coalition of students in southern California. 

Wellbeing is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst to reach out to all healthy individuals to find potential matches for patients in dire need of life saving stem cells. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change by signing up on the registry to save a life!

 

Our Team

Leah Flores Gutierrez,

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My mom is super close to me and is a survivor of thyroid cancer. It was about 22 years ago, when I was in the womb. Although I do not know of friends or family with cancer, I do know it affects most families. As most testimonies that I’ve heard, I know it can take 10-15+ years for someone to be a match. I would love to be apart of helping someone find their cure.

Reana Diamante,

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My maternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, and aunt all have cancer, and my grandmother had passed away due to cancer. Since it is very prevalent in my genetics I feel a connection towards helping those who are dealing with cancer and advocating for them!

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Adrianne Butler
Be the Match Community Outreach Specialist II

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Angie Porter,

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I was raised in a household with the beliefs that we should all strive to help one another. My parents taught me the biggest vocation in life is giving whenever you can. I believe being able to give life to someone struggling is the biggest vocation and act of love you can do!

That is why im partnered with Be the Match

Brian Estarella-Murphy,

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I became a part of Be the Match 2 years ago! two of my closest friends have immuno-disorders and many of own family has fought different forms of cancer. This Organization is very dear to my heart because I hope one day when I have kids if they were to have life threatening disorder or cancer, they would have a caring donor to give them a transfusion!

Madison De Vela

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I would love nothing more than to be a part of "Be the Match" and to help make change! I find this organization so important and want to help in any way I can! I am considering joining the registry myself in hopes of one day becoming someones donor match!

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Noorain Syed
Jasmine Beutell
Christine Mantilla
Be the Match Acct Manager

When I learned about the disparity ethnically diverse patients face in accessing their cure, I was compelled to take action. As a first-generation Peruvian-American, our mission to ensure equity of access to treatment for all patients feels deeply personal.

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What can I Do?

1.) Join the Registry

 

2.)  Volunteer

 
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The First Step to saving a life 

Join the registry to be listed as a potential blood stem cell donor, ready to save the life of a patient in need of a transplant. You won’t donate until there is a patient who’s matched specifically with you. Here’s how to get started:

   Join the Be The Match Registry online and request a swab kit.

   ​When you get your kit in the mail, swab your cheek. Return the swab in the envelope (postage already included).

 

    Tell your friends and family to join the Registry!

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