The national marrow donor program lists more than 6 million adult donors on that registry, all of them have signed up to give up some stem cells to save the life of a stranger if they are called to be a match.
Finding a match is the first hurdle for patients with leukemia and many other diseases who could be saved by a stem cell transplant. The first step for the donor is a simple swab test in the cheek.
Since the bone marrow transplant program began in 1987, there have been more than 29 thousand transplants in this country.
If you would like to join the registry, you can learn more by going to bethematch.org
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