Be The Match

Be the Match — operated by the National Marrow Donor Program — manages the largest, most diverse bone marrow and cord blood registry in the world. The website covers general education about the bone marrow donation procedure including what to expect before, during, or after the transplant. Disease-specific information is also available. This website is recommended as a first-stop for patients who need information on bone marrow transplant or readers who want to become donors themselves.

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Review Date: 9/5/2018


Ease of Use

Be The Match is organized well and makes information easy to find and navigate. However, there is some overlap between the content within the "Transplant Basics" and "Patients and Families" tabs. Additionally, there are many choices within the site's dropdown menus that can be hard to take in all at once. Otherwise, each topic is presented in a straightforward manner, including definitions for clinical terms when necessary.

Visual Design

The homepage's bright colors and sharp graphics combine to create a professional, appealing website. Deeper in the website's content, most pages are text-based and lack images. Overall the website features consistent design choices that are simple but effective.


This website's niche focus on bone marrow and cord blood transplantation makes this a go-to website for anyone interested in those topics. Content here is targeted toward patients, donors, providers, and families. Although the information is occasionally superficial and unreferenced, the site's materials are high quality and informative.


Although the website is managed by authoritative physicians in their field, no authors are cited on the content. Additionally, the website does not provide posting or review dates, making the assessment of currency difficult. The National Marrow Donor Program is a highly credible organization that helps people learn about and contribute to the bone marrow registry.


  1. Well-organized information is easy to find and navigate
  2. Materials are understandable for a wide variety of audiences
  3. Makes available registry location sites where donations can be performed


  1. Much of the information is basic and requires following up on more detailed websites
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Sponsors / Affiliations: The National Marrow Donor Program is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 operating the world's largest hematopoietic cell registry

Accreditations: GuideStar gold participant, Charity Navigator 4-star charity, Service Enterprise certified, Community Health Charities member

Additional Features: Patient narratives, blog, webinars, videos, mobile app, online support

Languages: English, Spanish