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Did you know that everyday more than 6,000 men, women and children search the National Marrow Donor Program Registry for a life-saving bone marrow match?
According to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), bone marrow or cord blood transplants are viable treatment options for many patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. To ensure a successful transplant, the tissue type of a bone marrow donor must very closely match the patient's. Special testing can determine if a patient and bone marrow donor are a good match. Patients are most likely to match tissue types with someone from their own race or ethnicity. By adding more donors from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to their registry, the NMDP greatly increases a patient's chance of finding a life-saving match. For more information and to become a bone marrow donor, visit www.marrow.org.