July is African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. In celebration, Be The Match of South Texas is reaching out to our community to encourage potential donors from all ethnicities to consider becoming the cure our patients are waiting for.
Why is it important for minorities to join Be The Match?
Just like our finger prints, DNA makes us all unique. It's also the key to finding a cure for many blood cancers and disorders. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) is a protein – or marker – which communicates to your immune system which cells belong and which do not. It is inherited from both parents, thus the DNA which determines eye and hair color, your ethnicity, etc., also determines which cells are best suited for a particular patient.
What will a "match" do?
· Offer a potential cure for blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia.