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MINNEAPOLIS--Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma. For many of these patients the best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.

Last year alone, 224 members of our Minnesota community were in need of a transplant. Be The Match, the world's largest and most diverse marrow donor registry, works to connect those patients with volunteer marrow donors for a life-saving transplant. Locally, there have been over 1,600 lifesaving transplants since 1996 and 760 Minnesotans have stepped up to donate marrow to a patient in need.

In Minnesota, nearly 79,000 have signed up to be someone's cure, but Be The Match is always looking for additional volunteer donors. If you are between the ages of 18-44 visit Be The Match to find out how you can become a donor today.

Bone marrow transplants can take a financial toll on patients and their families. To help support these families Be The Match offers financial patient assistance. To date, 429 patients in Minnesota have received $510,500 to help cover uninsured costs. Of these, 35 percent were children.

Be The Match has partnered with Kowalski's who will be donating a portion of their proceeds in an effort to deliver more cures to patients in need.

A donation to Be The Match helps patients receive the care and treatment they need for a second chance at life. Give today!

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