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In this time of challenges, we have one that is quick, easy, unrelated to COVID-19, and with the potential to save someone’s life. Join with us, the Association for Athletic Training Education, in our quest to get 1,000 new registrants added to the Be The Match marrow donor registry during our campaign, running from now through Friday, November 27, 2020.

The impetus for this challenge comes from Lindsay and Mike DiStefano, athletic trainers and parents of 3 beautiful boys. Two of these boys, Will and Luke, have rare diseases and may be candidates for marrow transplants. Learn more about rare diseases and their Be A Wonder Foundation.

Our campaign includes a shared learning opportunity for athletic training students around the country. On Friday, November 6 at 11:00 am EST, the University of Connecticut alumni are hosting a watch party to listen to Lindsay DiStefano talk about their journey to find answers for their children. After watching the video, students will break into groups to discuss the AT’s role in helping patients find answers in a complicated healthcare system. Program directors from around the country received detailed on this initiative and the watch party yesterday.

About Be The Match
The math is simple:  The more people in the registry, the more likely it is that someone with a disease like leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell anemia can find a donor for a needed blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Only about 30% of patients who need transplants have a family member who is fully matched, so the registry is critical to connect donors with recipients. Read more about Transplant Basics.

Age matters! Registration is free if you’re between the ages of 18 and 44. If you’re in the 45 – 60 age range, a $100 tax-deductible donation is required to join.

The beauty of this challenge is that it only takes a few minutes to register and you don’t even need to leave your house. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to http://join.bethematch.org/AATE and request a kit, which will be mailed to you.
  2. Follow the instructions in the kit. Samples are obtained through a cheek swab.
  3. Return your sample in the prepaid mailer.
  4. Use your social media reach to let the world know.

This campaign is open to all. Please join us in this effort by registering yourself and circulating the request to your students, colleagues, friends, and family.

Our mission is to provide a community that serves as a collective voice for matters pertaining to athletic training education with deliberate speed to advance education and the athletic training profession.

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