The National Marrow Donor Program takes Commit for Life one step further. Every year, thousands of adults and children need bone marrow or stem cell transplants – a procedure which may be their only chance for survival. The National Marrow Donor Program's ( NMDP ) mission is to establish a system which provides transplants of stem cells from unrelated donors to patients with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases.
In 1991, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center was recognized as an accredited donor center for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), educating and recruiting over 80,000 potential donors. Of those donors, 167 have gone on to donate marrow to patients around the world.
There is a critical need for more volunteer donors. Many patients, especially people of color, cannot find a compatible donor among those already on the registry. Patients and donors must have matching tissue types, and these matches are found most often between people of the same ethnic group. A large, ethnically diverse group of prospective donors will give more patients a chance for survival.
If you are interested in being a potential lifesaving marrow donor, please consider giving the small blood sample necessary to be placed on the registry. You could save the life of Payton or one of the thousands whose lives depend upon a marrow transplant.
All Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Neighborhood Donor Centers will be accepting those interested in becoming marrow donors.
For more information, call 713-791-6697.
Frequently Asked Questions about NMDP:
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