Since 1998, Be The Match has supported 21 all-star investigators at preeminent institutions such as University of Chicago Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These scholars are dedicated to finding solutions for complications so that patients are not only cured, but also live better and longer. Given current funding levels, typically only one Amy Scholar is selected each year.
The Amy Program honors the memory of Amy Strelzer Manasevit. A vibrant young mother of two, Amy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1993. After receiving a successful marrow transplant, she succumbed to pneumonia and passed away six weeks after returning home. Manasevit’s family and friends partnered with Be The Match to establish the program in the hope that they could prevent other families from losing their loved ones.
This year, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) joined the Be The Match efforts to award additional Amy Scholars and accelerate the rate of scientific discovery. The ASBMT rallied its membership of 1,700 – and invited a groundswell of support for research in the memory of Amy Strelzer Manasevit and the late Thea M. Friedman, PhD, of the Hackensack University Medical Center, who was selected as an Amy Scholar in 2000.