What's up with this bone marrow stuff?
Every 4 minutes in the U.S., someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients fighting leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood and bone marrow diseases, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival.
It takes just 4 minutes to register to potentially save a life!
How do I register?
- You can register at one of the SAM EVENTS or online here.
- Complete the Delete Blood Cancer short consent form (so easy).
- Swab your cheek with a cotton-tipped swab (even easier). The swab collects cells which are sent to a lab to be tested to determine your tissue type.
- Your data is then entered into the National Marrow Donor Program registry in anonymous form, so doctors can search for a donor for their patients. Delete Blood Cancer will contact you if you are a potential match for a patient in need.
Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 55, must meet the medical eligibility guidelines and be willing donate to any patient in need. As a Delete Blood Cancer donor, your tissue type, along with your ID# is stored anonymously on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP). The registry is searched by doctors trying to find matches for their patients. If a doctor selects you as a match for a patient, you may be asked to donate stem cells collected from your circulating blood (called PBSC donation) or to donate bone marrow collected from your pelvic bone (not the spine). You can register online here.
What are the requirements for registering?
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 55
- Be willing to donate to any patient in need
- 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 110 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 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)
How Do I Donate If I am A Match?
First of all, being a match is AWESOME because that means that you can give a patient fighting blood cancer a second chance at life! You could CURE their disease! AMAZING!!
Second of all, you will be contacted by Delete Blood Cancer if you are a potential match to discuss your next steps. There are two ways you could be asked to donate. The method used for donation depends upon the patient’s needs and is determined by the patient’s doctor. Over 80% of donations are done through a nonsurgical procedure called a peripheral blood stem cell donation, which is similar to donating platelets or plasma. Around 20% of donors are asked to give bone marrow, which is a 1-2 hour outpatient procedure done under anesthesia.