If you or someone you know has a disease, such as leukemia, sickle cell or aplastic anemia, we want to help. More specifically, if a bone marrow transplant is needed to treat your disease but you can't find a suitable match in a donor registry, you have come to the right place.

Become My Hero finds cord blood donors for anyone in imminent danger of dying because they need a bone marrow transplant to survive but can't find a donor in a registry.

We were developed to complement the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and other registries in that their mission is to increase the number of donors for the general public while our mission is to find a donor for a specific person that the registry cannot help.

Our goal is to help those that fall between the cracks of a system that is intended to help everyone by making it possible to focus on the unique needs of anyone. Approximately, 11.5% of the 4,050 Americans who annually search for a bone marrow donor can't find one. This means that each year more than 450 people suffer and die a brutal death while desperately searching for a bone marrow donor that is never found.

We offer the nation’s only NMDP approved national cord blood collection system, and not only have the ability to collect cord blood from any of America’s more than 11,000 daily births but also from many of world’s nearly 500,000 daily births.

Cord blood is obtained from the umbilical cord that links a mother and child. The blood present in the umbilical cord is a rich source of the same stem cells found in bone marrow. Partially matched cord blood stem cells from an unrelated donor, however, offer the advantage of rarely causing the life-threatening "graft versus host" responses that can occur when partially matched, unrelated, bone marrow stem cells are used for a transplant.

"This means your chance of surviving a transplant and, therefore, your disease is much, much greater."

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