12 months. 50 states. 160 cities. 24,055 miles. 193 drives. 18,378 potential lifesavers in the books!
BIG congrats and thank you to the Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM) team for getting it done! Sam, Alex and Taylor traveled to all 50 states, registered thousands of people, and raised national awareness about the need for more bone marrow donors. What an accomplishment!
More than 150 people who registered at a SAM drive have been identified as matches for transplant patients, and that number will continue to increase! Check back here for updates.
How it Began
In 2010, Sam Kimura was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and needed a bone marrow transplant. She was stunned to learn that her sister, Alex, was not a match. In fact, Sam could not find a match among the 11 million people on the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. The sisters, along with their good friend Taylor, decided to travel the country and register as many new potential donors as possible – and the SAM movement was born.
The journey is over, but Sam is still looking for her lifesaving match. Let’s help her find one. Register or Make a Gift today!
Register as a Donor
For now, Sam can manage her disease with an alternate treatment -- but tens of thousands of people fighting deadly blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma don't have other options. A bone marrow transplant is their only hope for a cure.
What’s more, 70% of patients in need of a transplant must find donors outside their family. Every new donor on the registry brings hope to patients who are still waiting for their match. You can help.
Give Now. Save Lives
Keep the SAM spirit going strong! You can help patients with blood cancers and other life-threatening diseases by making a monetary gift. 100 percent of every dollar you give goes directly to registering more potential lifesaving bone marrow donors. The more donors we can register, the more lives can be saved.
Together we can move one step closer to our goal – the day when every patient can find a bone marrow match – and get a second chance at life!