American Symphony: Become a Lifesaver

Join the symphony

Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman's documentary, "American Symphony," follows Grammy-, Academy Award-, Golden Globe-winning musician Jon Batiste and his wife, New York Times best-selling author Suleika Jaouad, as Jon prepares a composition for Carnegie Hall and Suleika faces a leukemia recurrence and undergoes a second bone marrow transplant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Each year, thousands of patients like Suleika are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia, and blood disorders like sickle cell. Often, a blood stem cell or marrow transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best or only hope. And for patients who are ethnically diverse, it is especially difficult to find a donor match.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NMDPsm are working together to help more patients get access to life-saving blood stem cell transplants. Make an impact by joining the American Symphony: Become a Lifesaver campaign. Together, we can give hope to patients in need.

Join the Registry

If you’re between the ages of 18-40 and willing to donate blood stem cells, it starts with a simple cheek swab to be someone's cure. Learn more about the registry.

Give Now

Your gift can add new life-saving donors to the registry, assist patients with uninsured transplant costs, and fund groundbreaking research.

Get Involved

Support patients by volunteering your time, joining legislative advocacy efforts, starting a fundraiser and more.

“American Symphony gives us an intimate look at what it means to be on the receiving end of this—all the fear and all the hope—and thanks to the generosity of those who register to be donors, to emerge on the other side of it.”
-Suleika Jaouad

“I am honored to use the platform of my music to share a message that saved my wife’s life and so many others. Be the change you want to see and watch all the goodness and inspiration that will come to you.”
- Jon Batiste

“After watching, many people want to know how they can help, and we are thrilled to be working with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Be The Match on a campaign to increase access to blood stem cell and marrow transplants.”
- Matthew Heineman