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Expanding Our Mission: Removing Barriers to Treatment

Expanding Our Mission: Removing Barriers

We recently expanded our life-saving mission to put greater focus on removing barriers to treatment. For the past 29 years, the Icla da Silva Foundation has helped patients in need of a bone marrow or cord blood transplant by recruiting potential donors. In 2022, we are focused on providing emotional, logistical, and financial support for more patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.

For patients demonstrating financial need, our IclaCares program is awarding grants that are specific to the needs of transplant patients.

⇒ We are helping more patients receive their transplants.

Our Mission

The Icla da Silva Foundation saves lives of patients with diseases whose only cure is a bone marrow or cord blood transplant by providing emotional, logistical, and financial support to remove barriers to treatment.

A life-threatening disease, like blood cancer or sickle cell, is never expected. It presents an unthinkable challenge to the entire family. As a result, the Icla da Silva Foundation has always provided patients and their families with necessary emotional and logistical support. But for patients who demonstrate a financial need, we are putting a greater focus on enabling financial assistance.

IclaCares – Removing Barriers

Even after a matching bone marrow donor is found, there are many costs associated with a transplant that aren’t covered by insurance. For many patients, transplants and treatments are not available close to home. Through our IclaCares program, we are helping more patients afford expenses like transportation to a specialty medical center, housing, and even family meals while a child is in treatment.

We are also assisting with caretaker expenses. A caretaker is required by most transplant teams but rarely covered by insurance providers.

⇒ We are making it easier for more patients to receive their transplants.

You can help us support more patients in need. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation using the button below. Thank you!


Are you a patient scheduled to receive a bone marrow transplant? Are you in need of support? Please click our patient registration and submit a request.


Together we are helping more patients and saving more lives.


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Thank You!


Your donations will help us add more potential life-savers to the Be The Match registry this year.

Even if you were unable to make a financial donation, we wanted to thank you for your continued support.

Every dollar, like, share and mention brings us closer to our goal of saving more lives that are treatable with bone marrow transplants.

You are appreciated.


Icla da Silva is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible.


Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy New Year!


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You’re the Hero this World Needs on #GIVINGTUESDAY

Every year, millions of people around the country stash money away in their bank accounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they don’t realize that the most important date of all follows right after on November 28th: Giving Tuesday. While you may want to buy a ton of gifts for your family, you can also help a stranger in need this coming holiday season.

Giving Tuesday focuses on you being the hero and giving back to those in your community in a big way. The best part? You don’t have to be a millionaire to do so! The day is a toast to the everyday human becoming a superhero and doing out-of-this-world work. Join forces with those around you and contribute this Giving Tuesday to help others gain another chance at life.

Celebrating 25 years of heroic work, we proudly encourage you to strap on your suit and armor on November 28th to save lives. Beyond donating, you can join the registry yourself or volunteer to further assist us in conquering the villainous diseases that some are unfortunate enough to face. Your generosity means the world to those in need, and one small donation may save someone from the villain in their story.

So how does the money help? One of the primary purposes of the money raised is to help cover the costs for finding more matches for those in need of a bone marrow transplant. The more people that are found, the more lives that can be saved. Unfortunately, this cannot be done without the necessary funds. Your generosity could be the biggest gift someone receives this holiday season – and in their entire life.

Being partnered with the largest recruitment center for bone marrow the United States, we have the good guys on their side, but we need more power to dominate evil – you.  Your inclusion in this battle for the brave is life-changing.

Interested in donating one-time or sending a recurring gift each month? Be sure to check out our donation page so we may continue to steer citizens clear of fiendish foes wreaking havoc upon the human body.

Don’t forget that you too can be a hero this holiday season during #GIVINGTUESDAY, and help save those in need of a bone marrow transplant. Spread the word and join forces with those beside you in hopes of adding another bystander to your fight against the biggest villain some people will ever see.

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