Our fraternity is not only committed to creating awareness for the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, we also provide numerous match registrants every year to aid in the development of the America’s bone marrow registry. In the past year, our fraternity registered over 500 individuals to the program. Our various chapters and colonies host numerous events during our philanthropy weeks as well as throughout various points in the semester that not only raise awareness but also register potential donors.

The Need For Donors
On any given day, more than 6,000 men, women and children are searching the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry for a life-saving donor. These patients have leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated by a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. For many of these patients, a transplant may be the best and only hope of a cure. We work to provide hope and deliver a cure to all patients in need. With support, more patients can access the treatment they so desperately need.

Find a Match
The basics for a successful transplant require the tissue type of a bone marrow donor to match or an umbillical cord blood unit needs to match the patient’s blood as closely as possible. Special testing determines whether a patient and bone marrow donor or cord blood unit is a good match. Therefore, the closer the match a person is, the better the outcomes a patient can have.

Race and Ethnicity Matters
Race and ethnicity matter in tissue matches because tissue types are inherited; therefore patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors and cord blood units from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the NMDP Registry increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need. Your heritage can make all the difference. If you are from one of the following communities, you are urgently needed as a bone marrow donor or cord blood donor:

  • Black and African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic and Latino
  • Multiple race