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Dire Need for Diversity

The factors used to match donors with patients are inherited, similar to how hair and eye color are inherited from our parents and ancestors. This means the best chance of finding a match is between two people who share ethnicity or genetic heritage. There is an urgent need to diversify the registry, so all patients can find a lifesaving donor when one is needed. Currently, many ethnic groups are underrepresented, making it difficult to find matches. For multiracial individuals and those of African ancestry, this is a huge challenge. No matter your ethnic background, we encourage you to join the registry, as you could have the amazing opportunity to save someone's life. 

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Educational Videos

Walter Bond
Former NBA Player and Leukemia Advocate
Kimberly Carr, Ph.D., MPH
Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center Community Resource Specialist
Kyra Mitchell
NAACP National Youth Work Committee Chair

Help Save Mylz

Little Mylz is only 18 months old and has been diagnosed with leukemia. His doctors say the only cure is a bone marrow transplant, but none of his family members are a match for him, and he does not currently have a donor in the registry. If you are 18 to 35 years old and in general good health, please join Gift of Life Marrow Registry – all it takes is a cheek swab to learn if you are a match for Mylz or another patient awaiting a lifesaving transplant. 

Becaus Mylz is biracial, those with both African and Caucasian heritage are especially encouraged to be tested. Please help us find a miracle match to save Mylz, and order your swab kit today. 

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About the Film and Artist

About the "Blood is Thicker" Film
"Blood is Thicker" is an original film created by Gift of Life Marrow Registry in partnership with Terrell "Trizzy" Myles to shed light on the urgent need to diversify the registry. The disparity in survival rates for Black, multiracial, and other diverse populations is grim, but this can be changed. Every person who joins the registry and commits to saving a life if they become a match changes the odds for the better. The film features original poem and music by Terrell.
About Terrell "Trizzy" Myles
Terrell "Trizzy" Myles is a rapper and lyricist who wants to change the world through music and action. He grew up in a household filled with music and began rapping at an early age, despite having a genetic disorder that left him permanently deaf in one ear. By the seventh grade, he began to take music seriously and discovered he was prolific at writing songs. The 21-year old Arizona-based artist is now a rising star who has gained acclaim for his inspiring journey and using his craft to spread messages of positivity and hope, most recently through music about the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice.
Partners
"Blood is Thicker" was created as a labor of love and commitment to support the mission to create equal healthcare outcomes for everyone with our partners The Lucy Collective and The Mill.