Harrisburg, PA – Be The Match is a national organization that seeks to match cancer patients with suitable marrow donors.

Registering for the marrow directory is simple, just a swab of the inside of a person’s cheek, and donating marrow cells is similar to donating blood platelets.

Bone marrow donation is one of two methods of collecting blood forming cells for bone marrow transplants. Bone marrow donation is a surgical procedure that takes place in a hospital operating room. Doctors use needles to withdraw liquid marrow (where the body’s blood-forming cells are made) from both sides of the back of your pelvic bone. You will be given anesthesia and feel no pain during the donation. After donation, your liquid marrow is transported to the patient’s location for transplant.

Typically, the hospital stay for marrow donation is from early morning to late afternoon, or occasionally overnight for observation. The donation will take place in a hospital that is experienced and participates in marrow collections for Be The Match®.

Find out more at BeTheMatch.org.