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African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month (Infographic)

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 5:01:14 PM by healtheo360

Right now, only 66% of African American patients fighting blood cancers like leukemia and sickle cell disease can find a donor match to give them a second chance at life.


African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month


Get the Facts

  • 70 percent of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry.
  • Heritage matters: Most patients in need of marrow transplants find their best donor match in someone who shares their ancestry.
  • More than 1 in 3 African American patients can’t find a life-saving match.
  • The blood cancer multiple myeloma strikes African Americans twice as frequently as Caucasians.
  • Multiple myeloma causes 3% of all cancer-related deaths among African Americans.
  • Approximately 1 in 500 African Americans are born with sickle cell disease.


How Can I Help?

Host a marrow donor drive at your office, school or community-based organization to help us register new lifesavers. And, of course, register yourself as a potential donor on the Be the Match registry online.


A Final Quote

“We need more volunteers from every ethnic and racial background to meet the ultimate challenge of helping every patient find a life-saving donor.” -Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., chief executive officer of the National Marrow Donor Program which operates the Be The Match Registry.




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