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Alana Merkow

Marrow Donation

Versiti provides services necessary for marrow donation to occur.

Join The Registry

Versiti partners with Wisconsin regional hospitals, medical examiners and funeral homes to provide lifesaving gifts to those in need.

Versiti is also connected to the Be The Match marrow donor registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). For more than 20 years, they have been helping patients receive life-saving bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplants.

Be The Match

The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), also called Be The Match, has helped connect more than 60,000 unrelated marrow transplant donors. More than 14 million marrow donors are on the national registry.


Every year, thousands of people of all ages are in desperate need of bone marrow transplants. Some of these patients, who suffer from aplastic anemia, leukemia, lymphoma or other cancers, are fortunate to have a family member who is a match. However, nearly 70% of patients depend on an unrelated donor with a compatible tissue type.


You may be eligible to join the Be The Match registry if you meet a specific set of requirements. If you are identified as a potential match for a patient, you will have a physical exam to ensure it is safe for you to donate and that your donation will benefit the patient.

View eligibility requirements.

Diversity Matters

It’s still not enough. About 12,000 people need a marrow transplant, and only half receive one. Matches are most often found between people of similar ethnic backgrounds, which means that people of color often have difficulty finding a compatible donor within the registry. Increasing the diversity of the marrow donor registry is literally a matter of life and death; if more people from diverse ethnic backgrounds join the Be The Match registry, more people who need a life-saving transplant will find a match.

Alana Merkow

Alana's Story

Alana donated bone marrow to a patient with leukemia she never met.

Hear Her Story
Pastor Rogers

Organ Donation

120,000 people are on the national waiting list to receive an organ.

You Can Help
Vanessa and Scott Hood

Be The Match

Joining the registry is the first step to become a marrow donor and changing someone's life forever!

Join the Registry

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