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Doctors request donors in the 18-35 age group nearly 75% of the time. Research shows cells from younger, healthy donors lead to more successful stem cell transplants for patients.

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Possible match for a patient in need of a bone marrow transplant 

When you join the NMDP Registry, your tissue type is added to the registry. It’s not a marrow donation; you don't actually donate until you are a match for a patient. Learn more about what it means to be a possible match for a patient.


Donation process

If you are chosen as the best match for a patient, the patient’s doctor will request that you donate either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC). Find out more about the donation process.

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After you donate

After bone marrow or PBSC donation, most donors are back to their normal routine in a few days. Learn more about the recovery process and the guidelines for contacting your recipient after donation.

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Donor safety and support

At NMDP our goal is to find a cure for patients and protect the safety of both patients and donors. This includes promoting donor advocacy and offering support and education throughout the entire donation process. Find out more about donor safety and support.

Other ways to be the cure

There are many other ways you can be the cure for patients with blood cancers.


Check out FAQs about donation or call us at 1 (800) MARROW2 for more information about bone marrow donation.