FarmHouse Partners with Be The Match®

April 5, 2022

KANSAS CITY, MO. — FarmHouse Fraternity has entered into a formal agreement with Be The Match/National Marrow Donor Program. The FarmHouse International Executive Board officially adopted the organization as our philanthropy at Conclave in 2008, but this partnership seeks to solidify a formal agreement between the two organizations. As part of this collaboration, Be The Match will assist with the organization of events, provide resources and assist with promoting FarmHouse philanthropic events. The goal of this partnership is to showcase the work many of our men are already doing while opening the door for new events and exposure for both organizations.

Be The Match and FarmHouse have a long history together. When their 10-year-old daughter Laura was diagnosed with leukemia, Robert (Bob) Graves , D.V.M. (Colorado State 53), and his wife, Sherry, were ready to do anything they could to save her. Desperate to save her life, they turned to alternative treatment options. They agreed to try the first ever bone marrow transplant for a leukemia patient from an unrelated donor.

Laura received her transplant in 1979. And it worked. The success of the treatment inspired the Graves family to give other families the same hope for a cure. Thanks to Dr. Graves, other patient families, doctors, congressional support and funding from the U.S. Navy, a national registry of volunteers willing to donate bone marrow was born.

“We are very excited to formally designate Be The Match as a philanthropic partner,” said Cody Cramer, FarmHouse Assistant Executive Director for Communication and Alumni Engagement. “We hope to continue to honor the legacy established by Bob Graves (Colorado State 53) in the 1980’s. We look forward to FarmHouse chapters hosting fundraisers and swab events to support Be The Match.”

Since its founding in 1987, Be The Match has facilitated more than 111,000 transplants, with 6,287 of those transplants in 2021 alone. There are over 225 ongoing research studies and clinical trials supported by Be The Match. Financial assistance was provided to 2,602 patients in need of treatment, totaling $6.1 million in support last year. And most importantly in 2021, 300,000 new potential donors were added to the Registry, of which 31 percent were racially and ethnically diverse. What started as a select few unrelated donors, in files in the Graves’ family basement, today is a Registry of over 9 million potential donors in the United States and 39 million potential donors worldwide.

“FarmHouse Fraternity and their members have been fantastic collaborators with Be The Match for many years,” said Amanda Scott, Senior Manager, Strategic College Programs and Initiatives for Be The Match. “Our recently formalized partnership provides the opportunity to expand our work together, which can help lead to more new members on the Be The Match Registry and more lives saved!”

About FarmHouse Fraternity

FarmHouse Fraternity is a collegiate men’s fraternity founded in 1905 at the University of Missouri by seven men committed to building men through a four-fold development–intellectually, socially/morally, spiritually and physically. In its 116-year history the fraternity has initiated 30,000 members and installed 52 chapters at major public research universities across North America. The Fraternity maintains a headquarters office in Kansas City, Mo. More information about the fraternity, including its history, educational programming and life-long membership affiliation opportunities is available online at www.farmhouse.org

About Be The Match®

Be The Match® is a global leader working every day to save lives through cellular therapy. For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other blood disorders like sickle cell, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with a matching donor for a life-saving blood stem cell transplant. The Be The Match Registry® is the most diverse registry in the world and includes both adult donors willing to donate to a stranger in need and stored cord blood units. In addition, Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is also a global leader in research through the CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®)—a collaboration with Medical College of Wisconsin, investing in and managing research studies that improve patient outcomes and advance the future of care.

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