Our Story

Uniting for Life was founded in 1993 as a grassroots, community based effort to recruit more African Americans to the National Bone Marrow Registry. The immediate goal was to find a suitable donor for Miss Tria Campbell, an African American college student, suffering from leukemia. Sadly, no match was found and Tria died that year. However, Tria’s loving family, friends, and supporters continued their work, organizing one of the nation’s largest and most successful minority bone marrow drives through Uniting for Life.

Today our work has expanded to address other inequities in minority health. Through innovative partnerships we are serving as the “credible messenger” into minority communities, building trust, sharing tools, and empowering individuals to improve their health.