Every year, over 80,000 people around the globe search for a matching blood stem cell donor outside their family. Many never find the match they need to beat blood cancer. You can change that.
In the novel “The Deadly Match” by Kishan Paul, a young character named Jay needed a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia at a young age. Because of his Asian heritage, it’s harder for him to find a matching donor. Asians makes up only 6 percent of the current donor pool. A person in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant is more likely to find a match from one who shares the same heritage.
In the current breakdown of the registry all minority registrants combined only make up 25% of the total donor population, with African Americans facing a particular difficult time due to lack of representation. For example, currently only 66% of African American patients will even be able to find a donor, the lowest percentage of all major minority groups, compared to 97% of patients with Caucasian ancestry. Additionally, people who identify as mixed race represent one of the fastest growing segments of the population and will soon likely face the steepest odds in finding a matching donor.
The problem we face is simple: ethnic minorities are severely underrepresented on the registry, meaning that patients from those ethnic groups face much steeper odds of finding a matching donor. The solution is also simple: we need to increase awareness of the need for diverse donors, while actively increasing our outreach to these communities. With your help we can change the odds for all patients, regardless of ethnicity; one new donor at a time.
Lifesaving starts here!
Registering for the chance to save a life is exciting, but before you begin, please be sure you haven’t registered before with another donor center. Also, we ask that all registered donors be willing to donate to any patient. Lastly, please scroll down to review the two ways to donate.
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As a registered bone marrow donor, you will be on standby to save a life.
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Members of the military can register with The C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program.
Are you in overall good health?
We want to make sure that helping a patient won’t impact your health. Please review the following list of criteria. If you are not sure about a requirement, feel free to call us at 866.340.3567.
YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF YOU ARE:
- Between the ages of 18 and 55
- In good general health
- At least 4’10” and weigh more than 105 pounds, but not exceed a maximum BMI of 40.
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER IF YOU HAVE:
- History of heart surgery or heart disease
- Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia
- Sleep apnea, breathing problems or severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable)
- Diabetes requiring insulin or injectable medication
- Hepatitis B or C
- Kidney or liver disease
- History of stroke, including TIA
- Chronic or severe neck, spine or back problems
- Epilepsy or other seizure within one year
- History of blood clotting or bleeding disorders
- History of head injury or multiple concussions
- Personal history of cancer (exceptions: Stage 0 or in situ melanoma, breast, bladder, cervical and cured localized skin cancer such as basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma)
If you have questions about whether your medical history would prevent you from donating, please contact email@example.com or 212.209.6700.