False! You do not have to draw an ounce of blood to join the Be The Match Registry®. You can registry online or at a local donor registry drive in your area. If ordered online, once you receive your buccal swab kit in the mail, you swab the four corners of your cheeks for cells and return the kit. Your DNA is tested and typed. All information is entered into the national database and just like that, you are a donor!
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