Swab a Cheek

Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Bone Marrow Registry


YOUR contribution will be used to:

  • Register life saving donors
  • Educate donors so they are available when someone needs a match

If someone told you that you could be a hero, and save someone's life; would you do it?

If the answer is "yes"- Swab a Cheek, Save a Life, can provide the way for you to do just that.

By joining the bone marrow registry today - you could be a hero.

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. Then someday, YOU could be called to save someone's life.

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Marine Corps Marathon & 10K Road Race
October 27, 2013


Funds raised by participants will support Swab a Cheek, Save a Life’s mission: to enroll committed minority bone marrow donors so that everyone who needs a bone marrow transplant has an equal opportunity to find a donor in the world wide bone marrow registry. For more details or to sign up, email roadrace@swabacheek.org


6 year old Jasmina lost her battle with leukemia in January, 2010. She never found a perfect match for her bone marrow transplant, and tragically, she died. Joining the registry is as easy as swabbing your cheek – no should ever die because they can’t find a match. Join the registry today in honor of Jasmina and in hope of saving thousands who are searching for their miracle match.

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Why Do We Need a Diverse Registry?


Most often, bone marrow transplant patients need a donor who is of the same ethnic or racial background. BUT, people of color are drastically underrepresented in the bone marrow registry. Tragically, most adults and children from diverse backgrounds cannot get the life-saving bone marrow transplant they need because there is no match for them in the registry. More donors from diverse backgrounds are desperately needed.

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