Matt's Story

In 2010, Cubs World Series Champion Matthew Szczur was given the opportunity to have his blood tested, and learned he was a perfect match for a person in need of a bone marrow donation. On May 4th, 2010, Matt donated his healthy bone marrow to a baby girl from Ukraine. Anastasia received the bone marrow when she was 18 months old, and today she’s living her life by swimming, doing karate, and just being a kid.

In 2017, Matt, along with his wife Natalie, founded the Matthew Szczur Foundation (a not for profit 501(c)3 organization) with the purpose of raising awareness for bone marrow donors and expanding the registry. Today, the Matthew Szczur Foundation is utilizing social media to raise funds and awareness for the Be The Match® Bone Marrow Registry through Matt’s number one passion — art.

Odds of being a bone marrow match are 1 in 80,000. The more people Matt can reach with his life-saving message, the more testing will be done and money will be raised with the intent of saving more lives.

Every 3 minutes, a person in the US is diagnosed with blood cancer. If you had the chance to help one of those people, would you?

Matthew & Natalie Szczur want to thank you for joining the cause to fight against blood cancer.

You can make a difference too.

Sign up for the National Bone Marrow Registry at and a swabbing kit will be mailed directly to you.