Description & History

The Icla da Silva Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 1992 after the death of its namesake, Icla da Silva, who died of Leukemia at the age of 13. Prior to her death, Icla sought a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant from a matching donor; however, a timely match was never identified. During her treatment, Icla insisted that if she were cured, she would dedicate her life to helping other children suffering from Leukemia.


Upon her death, her family established the Foundation with the mission to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors and by providing support services to children and adults with leukemia and other diseases treatable by marrow transplants. Now in its 21st year, the Foundation has grown to be the largest recruitment center for the Be the Match Registry.

About the organization

The Icla da Silva Foundation

Gabriella Garcia
Administrative Assistant
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