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Marrow transplant is often the only remaining hope for a cure for thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.
Before a marrow transplant, patients undergo a regimen of chemotherapy and radition to destroy their marrow, allowing the donor's cells to replace the diseased marrow and multiply.
Patients must find a donor who is a genetic match so the patient's body doesn't reject the healthy cells. Seventy percent of all patients in need of a transplant do not have a match within their family and, therefore, rely on the Be The Match Registry. Even with a registry comprised of millions of willing donors, patients are still without a match.
Because tissue type is inherited, patients will most likely match donors of the same race or ethnicity. Potential donors with diverse race and ethnicity backgrounds are especially needed.
You could be the one in a million to save a life.