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WPBHS students and staff encouraged to "be the match"

Gerardo Osorio

April 24, 2019

When you think of a superhero, you probably imagine Superman, Spiderman or Batman. But band director, Cindy Sellhorst, sees a regular man. This man doesn’t possess the power to fly or travel through time, but he did save a life, and he did this through bethematch.org.

            Bethematch.org is an international database of people willing to donate marrow to those in need of a transplant. Run by the National Marrow Donor Program, bethematch.org holds the biggest registry for bone marrow donors in the world.

            Most people sit back with sadness and watch their loved ones suffer through cancer, feeling useless and like they’re unable to do anything. However, bethematch.org offers an opportunity for them to take action through donation.

            Many people don’t have eligible donors in their families, so bethematch.org becomes a light at the end of the tunnel. For Sellhorst, she found hope in a man across the world. She received a donation from a man in Poland.

            We encourage all to join the registry in order to help others. The sad part is, there is some criteria you need to meet in order to register. The first is your age. You need to be at least 18 years old to sign up, and under 60 years old. For the most part, it is completely free to sign up for the registry. However, those who are older than 45 are asked to cover their own cost of registry, which is 100 dollars.

            Next, you must live in the country where the center for donation is. In our case, you must live in the U.S. to sign up for the American website of bethematch.org. Also, you must meet specific health guidelines that are detailed more specifically when you sign up.

            Lastly, the bethematch.org website says you need “to be willing to donate to any patient in need.” By signing up, you can’t choose who or when you want to help; you must help whoever needs a transplant.

            All that being said, the Cadet Courier staff would like to introduce a challenge. We propose a friendly competition between teachers/staff and students. The group with the most registries wins. Though we understand there are only a few students over the age of 18, any donations are greatly appreciated.

            If you sign up for bethematch.org, send proof via email to kmahannah@wpcadets.net.

            If it weren’t for bethematch.org, Sellhorst would not be teaching today. To honor her, and so many others, signing up for the registry is the least we can do. Fifteen minutes of our lives could become fifty years of someone else’s.


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