Become a Donor

The first step to being someone’s cure is to join the Be the Match Registry. If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, patients need you. Doctors choose registry members between 18 and 44 more than 90% of the time. You can register online, or find a local donor drive in your community. If you are between the ages of 45 and 60, and you 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.

Donation Process

If you agree to donate, the patient’s doctor will request that you donate either peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) or bone marrow. The doctor chooses the donation method that is best for the patient. On average, the entire bone marrow donation process takes about 30-40 hours spread out over 4-6 weeks. This includes travel time and the time needed for the actual donation.

The goal is to find a cure for patients and protect the safety of both patients and donors throughout the donation process. Being a donor for a patient is a generous, selfless act that significantly impacts many lives. Recovery from donation can vary for each person, and we will be there every step of the way until you’re fully recovered.