Could you be a match for someone who needs a life-saving donation? Help us reach our goal of adding 1300 people a week onto the national Bone Marrow Registry during the month of November. Getting on the registry only takes a few minutes and is done with a cheek swab. Then if you are someone's life-saving match, donating could be as easy as giving blood!
Have questions about donating? Check out a transcript of our live chat held Monday.
HOW TO GET ADDED
Go to a Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center location to get on the registry! Click for a map of locations.
The swab is free for people 18-44. There's a fee for those older than 44. All gifts are tax-deductible
MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT DONATIONS
Did you know the majority of donations don't require any type of surgical procedure? Most require a simple peripheral blood stem cell donation, which is a lot like giving blood! There's still the possibility of a surgical procedure to be able to donate, you're still able to go home the same day. More myths and facts here
PERSONAL STORIES OF GIVING AND SURVIVAL
MEET RACHEL NEIHART
At age 20, Rachel learned she has MDS, the same condition ABC's Robin Roberts is battling. Her only hope was a bone marrow transplant. She received one and is now a six-year survivor, and giving back by working as a bone marrow registry recruiter. Hear Rachel's story
MEET CHLOE WILLIAMS
Chloe, a nurse who works with cancer patients, was the match for a leukemia patient last year. While giving blood 10 year ago, she was told of the need for African-Americans on the registry. She jumped at the chance and just last year, she was able be someone's life-saving match. Hear Chloe's story
MEET ANN-MARIE SERVOS
Two weeks before her wedding last year, Ann-Marie learned she had leukemia, and began chemo on her wedding night. She needed a donor to survive and was fortunate to have had one on the registry. Thanks to that donor, she and her groom will enjoy marital bliss for years! Hear Ann-Marie's story.
MEET WALIYA LARI
She was living the dream. It was March of 2005 and in the 10 months since graduating from college, she'd been working her dream job, producing and helping produce segments for the country's #1 network morning show. Every morning the country's best known television journalists were presenting her work to millions of viewers. Hear Waliya's story