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HOW DO I REGISTER TO BE A BONE MARROW OR BLOOD STEM CELL DONOR?

1. You must be between the ages of 18 and 55 and in good general health.
See the eligibility guidelines listed below for more details.
2. Join a drive or order a do-it-yourself registration kit online (see above).
3. Sign the donor consent form and complete a registration form.
4. Collect cheek cells using cotton tipped swabs.
Return the swabs with your registration form.
5. Please donate whatever you can.*

Your data is then entered into the National Registry (NMDP) in anonymous form, so doctors can search for a donor for their patient(s).
YOUR INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL

The $65 registration fee is NOT mandatory. DKMS Americas relies on your help, but no one will be turned away for inability to contribute monetarily. The important thing is that you join the registry!

WHY YOU ARE SO IMPORTANT AS A POTENTIAL BONE MARROW DONOR. . . . ?

Each year more that 140,000 people are diagnosed with Leukemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers.

Leukemia is the most common disease children in the U.S. die of, and a bone marrow transplant may be their only hope for a second chance at life.

Only 2 out of every 10 patients will receive the transplant that could save their lives.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

Potential donors must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 55.
  • Be in good general health.
  • Not be HIV positive or at risk for AIDS.
  • Not have severe heart disease.
  • Not have a history of cancer.*
  • Not have severe asthma. (Daily inhalers are acceptable.)
  • Not have diabetes requring insulin.
  • Not have hepatitis.
  • Not have epilepsy.
  • Not have chronic or severe back problems or surgery.
  • Not have autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or MS.

* Cervical, breast and bladder cancer (stage 0) and cured skin cancer are acceptable.

WHAT IS MY COMMITMENT IF I REGISTER?

When you register as a potential donor, you make a voluntary commitment to:

  1. Be listed on the National Registry until your 61st birthday, unless you ask to be removed.
  2. Consider donating to ANY searching patient who matches your tissue type.
  3. Keep DKMS, a National Donor Center, updated if your contact information changes.

HOW ARE BLOOD STEM CELLS AND MARROW TISSUE COLLECTED?

If you are identified as a match for a patient, there are two ways you can give life.
Both are outpatient procedures.

1. Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC)

Approximately 70%-80% of collections are performed this way. This procedure, called apheresis, involves receiving daily medication for four to five days before the collection to increase stem cells in the bloodstream. The donor’s blood is removed from one arm, passed through a machine that separates out the stem cells and is then returned through the other arm. No anesthesia is required.

Or 2. Marrow (not spinal) Tissue

Approximately 20%-30% of collections are performed this way. Using a special syringe, doctors extract a small amount of fluid containing stem cells from the hip bone. This is a minor out-patient procedure done under general or local anesthesia so the donor does not experience pain during the collection process.

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