– Be in good general health (Please refer to our Medical Guidelines)
Requirements to be a marrow donor are different from those to be a blood donor.
At donor registry drives, we focus on recruiting new registry members ages 18 to 44. This is based on medical research that shows younger donors are best for patients and provide the greatest chance for transplant success. Because of this, doctors request donors in the 18 to 44 age group over 90% of the time.
Can’t make a registration drive, request a home kit
If you are between the ages of 45 and 60 and want to join the bone marrow registry, you must do so online. You will be asked to make a $100 payment to cover the cost to join.
Where do I register?
You can register in one of three ways:
- Visit a local drive near you. Check our CALENDAR for a list of drives.
- Request a home registration kit HOME REGISTRATION KIT if you cannot attend a drive. We will ask you a series of questions, and then send you a kit if you still qualify. Kits are fully funded through a special grant for anyone of all or partial ethnic minority descent. Click on the video link above to view the donor registration process.
- Visit our office in Alameda (address on bottom of page) to register in person or register at http://join.bethematch.org/AADP
If you are planning to visit our office please make an appointment.
For Southern California, visit A3M
For New York, visit South Asian Marrow Assoc. of Recruiters
For other parts of the U.S., visit BeTheMatch.org
Information you need on your consent form:
On your consent form you will need to provide:
- Your general personal information, including your SSN#
- Answer 9 questions about your health history.
- Provide information of two (2) contacts (friends or relatives) who do not live with you and who do not live with each other.
Consent Form process: watch video, here
Provide a tissue sample using a cheek swab:
A sample of your tissue type is collected by a swab of cheek cells. Your tissue sample will be sent to Be The Match rRegistry and use the results to match you to searching patients.
If you request a home test kit from AADP, you will receive your kit by US mail. You will find easy to follow instructions inside your kit.
A video instructions is also available to you, here:
Buccal Swabbing process: watch video, here
Your commitment to patients
Once you join the registry, the most important thing you can do is stay committed.
Show your commitment by taking this life-saving pledge:
As a Member of Be The Match Registry®
I understand that:
- By joining the registry, I am saying I am willing to donate to any patient in need.
- The cheek swab or blood sample I gave when I joined was only used to add me to the registry. It was not a donation for a patient.
- I will be listed on the registry until I am 61, unless I inform Be The Match® that I’m unwilling or unable to donate. Contact Be the Match, here.
If I match a patient:
- I will respond quickly.
- I will be asked to give a blood sample for further testing.
- I will be asked to make a time commitment of 20 to 30 hours over a 4- to 6-week period to attend appointments and donate.
- If I donate peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), I will receive injections of a drug called filgrastim to increase the number of blood-forming cells in my bloodstream.
- If I donate marrow, anesthesia will be used.
I promise to:
- Share my decision to join the registry with family and friends so I have their support if called as a match.
Share your commitment to marrow donation with your friends and family!