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    Providing Essential Support to Patient and their Families

    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.


    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.


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