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It’s a fact, blood cancers and disorders affect Americans nationwide. A bone marrow transplant is often the best treatment for those suffering. Sadly, patients of color have a harder time of finding a match.

Every 3 minutes in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance at recovery. While 30% of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70%—nearly 12,000 each year—must rely on a benevolent stranger to step up and donate.

Misinformation is the biggest challenge facing all potential bone marrow donors today.

Common blood cancers/disorders

Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited disease of hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen within red blood cells. Patients with sickle cell disease have red blood cells containing abnormal hemoglobin, which causes the cells to become stiff and form a sickle or crescent shape.

Leukemia

Leukemia is a blood cancer that develops when normal blood cells change and grow uncontrollably. There are four main types named according to the cells affected (myeloblasts, lymphocytes) and whether the disease starts with mature or immature cells (chronic, acute).

Lymphoma

Lymphoma is the name for a group of blood cancers that develop in the lymphatic system. The two main types are Hodgkin lymphoma (generally starts in blood and bone marrow) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (generally starts in lymph node and lymphatic tissue.)

 

Because it is difficult for sickle shaped cells to pass through small blood vessels, the flow of blood is sometimes blocked, and oxygen does not reach nearby tissues. A bone marrow transplant is the only known cure for sickle cell disease. A well-matched donor is needed to have the best chance for a successful transplant.

What’s a way to help someone suffering from a blood cancer?

You can sign up as a potential bone marrow donor. So how does it work?

GET SWABBED

Swabbing is the test used to see if you are a bone marrow donor. We send you a cheek swab kit, you swab your cheeks and sent it back to us. Once we receive it, it goes to the lab for processing and you are put on standby until you are a match for a patient in need. You may not be called right away so make sure that you keep your information updated.

ANSWER THE CALL

We will contact you once you are a match for a patient in need. We will reach out via phone call, text, and email. Please make sure that you keep your information updated, in case you move or change your email address. A patient's life may depend on you. Answer when you get the call you are a match for a patient in need. The doctor determines the best method of donation for you.

DONATION DAY

The most common form of bone marrow donation is Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation. This is the donation method used in 75% of cases. The second method is Bone Marrow Donation, this is the donation method used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child.

 

The most common form of bone marrow donation is Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation. This is the donation method used in 75% of cases. PBSC donation is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. During the procedure, your blood is drawn through one arm and passed through a machine that filters out the blood stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to you through your other arm. To increase your blood stem cells prior to donation, you will receive daily injections of a synthetic protein called filgrastim on the four days leading up to and on the morning of the procedure. The actual donation can take from 4-8 hours over the course of 1-2 days.

Bone Marrow Donation This is the donation method used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. It is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so you will be put asleep. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your hip bone using a syringe.

Register as a Donor

Sign up online. Swab at home. Return your swabs to get on the lifesaver list.

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Other Ways to Help Learn more

There are so many other ways to support our lifesaving efforts.

Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer
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