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Winter 2016 — Chase Fettig has been involved with Be The Match since joining Oregon State University because of a special connection to his family. Be The Match, a national nonprofit that matches individuals who need bone marrow transplants with donors, operates the largest bone marrow directory in the world.

“My older cousin Matt Fettig was saved by a bone marrow transplant orchestrated through the organization,” he said. “Matt’s older brother donated his own bone marrow …, and luckily it was successful and Matt is healthy today.”

The nonprofit also operates the most diverse bone marrow directory with over 140 transplant centers in the United States and over 30 international transplant centers. In operation for more than 40 years, Be The Match connects individuals with blood cancers to donors who have the genetic markers that allow them to donate bone marrow. Be The Match Oregon State has been in operation for the past few years and has worked to both raise awareness of blood cancers and increase the bone marrow registry operated nationally by the organization.

Fettig, a sophomore majoring in public health with an option in health management and policy and a minor in business and entrepreneurship, is participating in an internship with the nonprofit. In this role, he registers people throughout the state to become donors and raises money and awareness for Be the Match on campus. He is also “mastering the process of hosting a registry drive” and “learning the other side of coordinating events for those who are in need.”

Be the Match is an organization that literally saves people’s lives. It’s not often that a group can make a difference so directly and personally to those who are sick, and it feels unbelievable knowing that the work that we do is so individually powerful.

Fettig says that he wishes more students knew about the organization and the registry, and that they understood the impact of a bone marrow or stem cell donation.

“Be the Match is an organization that literally saves people’s lives,” he said. “It’s not often that a group can make a difference so directly and personally to those who are sick, and it feels unbelievable knowing that the work that we do is so individually powerful.”

To get involved with Be The Match Oregon State, become a volunteer! Contact Be The Match Oregon State through the organization’s Facebook page.