If you are Black, Latino, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander and need a bone marrow transplant, your chance of finding a bone marrow match is much lower than for members of the Caucasian population. That’s because minority groups have not participated in joining the bone marrow registry, meaning finding a match is much more difficult. Joining the registry is easy: a cheek swab and registration is all it takes!
The chances of finding a bone marrow match in the registry:
African American 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 41%
Native American 60%
Many cancer patients – pediatric and adult – require a bone marrow transplant to survive their diagnosis. The bone marrow registry is often the only place to find a match. Additionally, sickle cell patients are finding benefit from bone marrow transplants and increasingly are seeking a donor match through the registry.
Bone marrow registry donors should be:
—Between 18 and 40 years old
—Meet general health guidelines
The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry Event is Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. No appointment is needed for bone marrow registry participants. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is located at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135. (Near Twain and Hualapai)
In partnership with Vitalant, blood donors can make an appointment to donate blood via https://donors.vitalant.org, using the code: L1Q84.