Bone Marrow

Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and you could be the cure. People battling blood cancers, such as leukemia, often require a bone marrow transplant to survive. Sometimes family members can be a match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant, however most patients who need a transplant will not find a match in their family. This means they are dependent upon finding a match from the National Donor Marrow Program (NMDP).

That’s where you come in!  In order to be identified as a possible match, you need to first join the Be The Match Registry®.

Joining the Be The Match Registry® is Easy!

  • A simple swab of the inside of your cheek is all it takes to join the registry
  • The swab will collect cells that will then be tissue typed and added to the registry
  • If you are a match for a patient in need a representative with the Be The Match Registry® will contact you

Click here to ask us how you can help (select NMDP from the drop down options).

Chances of Being a Match

Not everyone on Be The Match Registry® will match a patient and be asked to donate. In fact, the chances of donating are about 1 in 540. Most donors who have been a match report that donating marrow is a very positive experience and would do it again.

For more information on registering as a potential donor or holding a “Be the Match” donor drive, please visit the National Marrow Donor Program Web site at www.marrow.org

 

How You Can Help

Blood Donor Basics

Blood Donor Basics

Your health is important to us, and we want to help you maintain it.

Blood Donation FAQs

Hosting a Blood Drive

Your help as our community partner is essential to the blood supply.

Donation Methods

Donation Methods

Let your blood type lead the way to donate your powerful lifesaving gift.

Donation Methods

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