Kids Beating Cancer’s “Fund the Match” Program funds the expensive testing cost to identify a compatible donor for patients at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center, when not covered by insurance, so children can move forward with their transplant as soon as possible.
The child’s physician must have started a preliminary search by first HLA typing the siblings of the patient. If lab results show there are no compatible HLA matches within the family, the child’s physician will start a preliminary search for an unrelated donor from the “Be The Match” registry and/or search for an umbilical cord blood donor. To receive “Fund the Match” financial assistance for the expense of donor searching, a cost never covered by Medicaid and only partially covered by insurance, the child must have their transplant facilitated at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center (KBC PTC).
The Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center transplant nurse coordinator will go over your insurance with you and determine if you do not have enough coverage to cover the donor search costs. If you do not have the insurance coverage or financial resources to pay for these costs on your own, Kids Beating Cancer’s “Fund the Match” will fund these costs. A transplant physician at the KBC PTC will then order a formal search for a compatible donor; initial costs start at $4,000.