Despite 100 degree temperatures, Legislative Day was a huge success. Patient and donor advocates, alongside Be The Match Chief Executive Officer Dr. Chell and Chief Strategy Officer Michael Boo, participated in more than 30 meetings with lawmakers and staffers.
Representative Keith Ellison of Minneapolis was so moved by his meeting with transplant recipient Betsy Lucas that he joined the Be The Match Registry® at a donor registry drive on the Hill. Ray Johnston – musician, former Dallas Mavericks basketball player and five-time leukemia survivor – also accompanied Be The Match on the Hill and played a few inspirational songs.
The success of Legislative Day helped Be The Match strengthen its relationships with legislative influencers, grow the involvement of our patient and donor advocates, and generated some great media coverage.