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.
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.
- Just 7% of the 10 million registered bone marrow donors in the U.S. are African American.
- 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.