The factors used to match donors with patients are inherited, similar to how hair and eye color are inherited from our parents and ancestors. This means the best chance of finding a match is between two people who share ethnicity or genetic heritage. There is an urgent need to diversify the registry, so all patients can find a lifesaving donor when one is needed. Currently, many ethnic groups are underrepresented, making it difficult to find matches. For multiracial individuals and those of African ancestry, this is a huge challenge. No matter your ethnic background, we encourage you to join the registry, as you could have the amazing opportunity to save someone's life.
Rose is a 46-year-old wife and mom, and has an incredible career as a physician assistant. In December 2020, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and her best chance of a lifesaving cure is a blood stem cell or bone marrow transplant. Her siblings are not close enough matches to donate, and like 75% of Black blood cancer patients, she does not yet have a match in the registry.
With a quick cheek swab, you can learn if you are a match for Rose or another patient in need. Please order your swab kit today!JOIN NOW