2019 Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

Register at any of our tabling events:

  • Monday, April 8, 2019  at Porter/ Kresge Dining Hall 10am-2:30pm
  • Tuesday ,April 9, 2019  at Quarry Plaza 10am -2:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Quarry Plaza 10am-2:30pm (Canceled due to Strike)
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019  Crown Plaza 10am-2:30pm
  • Friday, April 12, 2019  at College Nine and College 10 Recreation Lounge 10:30AM-2:30PM

Stop by and maybe save a life.

As part of our community service efforts this quarter we are partnering with DKMS to add people to the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Registry.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the public are invited to register as potential bone marrow donors (please read eligibility requirements below). The testing process is extremely simple - swabbing the inside of the cheek with a q-tip. If a registrant is identified as a potential match he or she can still choose not to be a donor. Donating is generally as simple as giving blood. 

Registering is free though donations for DKMS will be accepted. 

For information about do-it-yourself registering go to www.deletebloodcancer.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the need? 
Every year, more than 10,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best or only hope of a cure is a transplant from an unrelated donor.

How many patients find a match? Or, what’s the likelihood of finding a match?
A patient’s likelihood of having a donor in the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry who is willing and able to help save a life is estimated to range from 66% to 93%, depending on race or ethnicity.

Why is there a need for more racial and ethnic diversity in the Registry?
The tissue types used for matching patients with donors are inherited, so patients are most likely to find a match within their own racial or ethnic heritage. There are 8 million people in the NMDP Registry, but only 2.2 million -- or 28% -- are from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. The challenge for finding a match is probably greatest in the growing community of mixed race people because the tissue type is very complex.

More people of diverse heritages are urgently needed in the NMDP Registry so that more lives can be saved. Every person who joins the Registry has the chance to save a life and to give every patient hope.

How does someone join the NMDP Registry?
People can join the NMDP Registry in person at a donor registry drive or online at www.deletebloodcancer.org. To join, people need to be between the ages of 18 and 55, willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet health guidelines. Registering entails getting a health history and swabbing the inside your cheek.

If I’m a match, what is the donation process like?
There are two ways to donate. Most donations do not involve surgery.

  • About 75 percent of the time, the patient’s doctor requests a peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation, which is similar to giving blood.
  • If the patient’s doctor requests marrow (about 25 percent of the time), the donation process is a surgical procedure performed in a hospital.
         - The donor will receive anesthesia and feel no pain during the donation.
         - Doctors use a needle to withdraw liquid marrow from the back of the pelvic bone.
            The marrow replaces itself completely within 4 to 6 weeks.
         - Marrow donors can expect to feel some soreness in their lower back for a few days or longer following the donation.

Myths and Facts

Does it cost to be a donor or join the NMDP Registry?
No. Medical costs for donating are not the donor’s responsibility.

There is also no cost to join the NMDP Registry BUT donations are welcome to help pay for processing new registrants and operating the match database. 

Eligibility Requirements

Potential Donors MUST:
    - Be between the ages of 18 and 55
    - Be in good general health
    - Weigh more than 110 lbs.
    - Not be HIV positive
    - Not have severe heart disease
    - Not have a history of cancer*
    - Not have autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis
    - Not have severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable)
    - Not have diabetes requiring insulin
    - Not have hepatitis
    - Not have epilepsy
    - Not have chronic or severe back problems (history of back surgery needs evaluation)

*Melanoma, breast, bladder and cervical cancer (Stage 0) and cured localized skin cancer (basal cell or squamous cell) are acceptable.