Jackson "Jax" Ramirez is fighting a rare auto-immune disease and is in need of a bone marrow transplant, but due to his biracial background (Hispanic and White), finding a match has been difficult. Where most people are supplied with pages of potential matches, Jax has not had ONE and his family is desperate to find him a match. To support Jax and the Ramirez family, we hosted a swabbing event at PNC Park in partnership with Be the Match during the Pirates game on September 23.

If you are interested in supporting the Ramirez family by joining the registry, you can sign up below to have a swabbing kit mailed to you and to join the registry from the comfort of your own home.


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 marrow 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.