The Icla da Silva Foundation is the largest recruitment center for the Be The Match Registry in the United States. It recruits over 38,000 new potential bone marrow donors every year, with a strong focus on minority communities.
The Icla da Silva Foundation was established in 1992, in memory of the 13-year-old Brazilian girl named Icla da Silva. After two years of fighting leukemia, Icla passed away in New York City, where she came hoping to get her life saving treatment: a bone marrow transplant. The young girl never found a matching donor.
With offices across the United States and Puerto Rico, the Foundation is continuously expanding its efforts in providing assistance and hope to thousands of families in the United States and all over the world.
The mission of the Icla da Silva Foundation is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors and providing support services to children and adults with leukemia and other diseases treatable by marrow transplants. The Icla da Silva Foundation is a nonprofit organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS Code.
How We Save Lives
Providing Essential Support to Patient and their Families
At The Icla da Silva Foundation, we know what it means to have a loved one suffering from a critical medical condition, so we take to our hearts the mission of supporting our patients and their families.
Assisting families from the United States and abroad, we provide patients with information, financial and emotional support. We often work closely with family members of patients looking for a bone marrow donor and we tailor marrow drives according to the patient’s ethnicity.
We also refer patients to treatment centers across the country according to the patient’s condition, so that different medical opinions can be taken into account. We also help families to navigate the confusing medical care system.
Adding Life-Saving Bone Marrow Donors to the Be the Match Registry
At The Icla da Silva Foundation, we hold over 2,000 bone marrow drives every year. Our staff educates people about how easy it is to save a life by joining the Be The Match registry, and what it entails to sign up as a bone marrow donor.
By holding marrow drives in schools, universities, churches and different organizations across the country, we teach communities the steps of marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation. We want to make sure those who join the registry will be willing to make a donation in case they are a match to a patient in need.
As patients with a racially diverse background face a greater challenge in finding a donor, we work closely with the Hispanic, Asian, African and Native American communities to raise awareness about the need for a more diverse registry. With a multicultural staff and a large network of volunteers and organizations, we tailor campaigns and educational programs according to the need of each community.