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 The mission of Swab a Cheek, Save a Life is simple, and twofold:

  1. Recruitment of minority donors: to increase the numbers of minority bone marrow donors enrolled in the bone marrow registry
  2. Retainment of donors enrolled: educating donors so they understand what they are committing to; keeping track of donors, as they relocate, so that they remain in the registry and available to anyone who is in need of a bone marrow transplant 

Cancer is a random killer. It can strike any one of us at any time, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race or socioeconomic status.

But race and ethnicity do matter when it comes to curing cancer. 

Every year, 10,000 people need a bone marrow transplant to survive cancer. Tragically, many people do not have a matched donor to save their life. A patient's best chance of finding a genetic match lies with those of similar racial or ethnic background; but the numbers of minority donors are too few to help those in need. Consequently, for some minorities, 94% of patients who need a transplant DO NOT receive a bone marrow transplant because they do not have a match in the registry.

Did you know that you can enter the registry with a simple swab of your cheek?

We named ourselves Swab a Cheek, Save a Life, because it is that simple to enroll in the donor registry. Until recently, a blood test was required; now, all it takes is a simple swab of the inside of your cheek to be registered, and possibly to be called one day to save someone’s life.

Swab a Cheek, Save a Life is a campaign working in conjunction with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. We believe that everyone who needs a bone marrow transplant should have an equal opportunity of finding a match. And, as a young pioneer of expanding the registry once said, “No one should die because they do not have a donor.”- Allison Atlas, 1989.

Swab a Cheek, Save a Life is founded by several individuals with a variety of expertise ranging from community service to launching successful national corporations. More importantly, each of us is passionate about fighting racial disparities in the area of bone marrow transplantation. Two of the founders are transplant recipients who were fortunate enough to find a “perfect” match in the bone marrow registry. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Please join us in a global movement to save lives. Swab a Cheek, Save a Life’s vision for the future is simple:

A match – anytime – anywhere - for anyone.

Become a member with a simple cheek swab today

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