Swab Your Cheek and Save a Life!
Join the Be The Match Registry® through
the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale
Part of the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” Program
In 12 years of annual drives we have added more than 7,700 potential marrow or blood stem cell donors to the Be The Match Registry and helped save at least 74 lives! In 2021, we are hosting a “virtual” drive.
Here is how you can help save a life by swabbing your cheek:
- Join the Be The Match Registry by going to https://join.bethematch.org/YaleSaves
- Join the Be The Match Registry by texting YaleSaves to 61474
Marrow or blood stem cell donors who could help save lives are found through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs, a process that takes less than 10 minutes. Swab kits are created in a sterile environment at Be The Match’s biorepository, then sealed and shipped to the registrants. Registrants swab their cheeks at home and mail the kit back to Be The Match using a prepaid envelope.
Yale holds its annual marrow donor registration drive in memory of Yale women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz. After she was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2008 (her junior year), Mandi’s search for a genetic match for a stem cell transplant to save her life inspired thousands to sign up as potential marrow or blood stem cell donors. No perfect match was ever found for her. Mandi received a transplant using umbilical cord blood in September 2010, but in December 2010 her cancer returned. She passed away at home in Saskatchewan on Apr. 3, 2011 at the age of 23.
To date, Yale’s drives have added more than 7,700 people to the Be The Match registry, including 921 in 2010 – a record for the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” program.
At least 74 life-saving matches for patients in need have been located through these efforts.
These drives are led by the field hockey, football, men’s soccer and women’s ice hockey teams.