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  1. Each year, leukemia kills more children than any other cancer.
  2. 70% of patients in need of a marrow transplant do not have a matching donor in their family.
  3. A bone marrow transplant can save the life of someone battling leukemia, lymphoma, or another blood cancer. You can fight cancer just by swabbing your cheek. Sign up for Give a Spit About Cancer.
  4. To register as a bone marrow donor, a person swabs the inside of his or her cheek in order to provide the DNA needed to identify if he or she is a bone marrow match for someone.
  5. The likelihood of finding a donor is estimated at 66% for African-American patients, 72% for Hispanics or Latinos, 73% for Asian and Pacific Islanders, 82% for American Indian and Alaska Natives, and 93% for white patients.

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  1. A bone marrow donation happens in one of two ways: In the first, blood is from a donor's arm, put in a machine where stem cells are separated, and returned through the other arm. In the other, marrow cells extracted from the hip bone.
  2. After donation, bone marrow replaces itself within four to six weeks.
  3. To be a bone marrow donor in America, a person should be between 18 and 60 years old and in good health.
  4. Donors giving from their hip bones are put under anesthesia, and therefore they do not feel pain during the collection procedure.
  5. Young people 18 to 25 years old are the bone marrow donors needed most.
  6. After being placed on the registry, you may be contacted in a matter of months, or not for many years, or not at all.

Sources

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    National Resource Defense Council. “Children, Cancer and the Environment”. http://www.nrdc.org/health/kids/kidscancer/kidscancer5.asp. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

  • 2

    National Marrow Donor Program. “Key Messages, Facts and Figures”. http://bethematch.org/news/facts-and-figures--pdf-/. January 2013 (Accessed Nov 11th, 2014).

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    National Marrow Donor Program. “Key Messages, Facts and Figures”. http://bethematch.org/news/facts-and-figures--pdf-/. January 2013 (Accessed Nov 11th, 2014).

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    Be the Match. “Donation FAQ’s”. http://bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/Donation-FAQs/. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

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    National Marrow Donor Program. “Key Messages, Facts and Figures”. http://bethematch.org/news/facts-and-figures--pdf-/. January 2013 (Accessed Nov 11th, 2014).

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    marrowdrives.org. “Myths about Marrow/Stem Cell Donation”. http://marrowdrives.org/bone_marrow_donor_myths_faqs.html. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

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    The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation. “Facts and Resources”. http://www.talleybonemarrow.org/bone-marrow-registry-bone-marrow-facts-philadelphia-new-york-boston-washington-baltimore.php. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

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    Be the Match. “Why a donor’s age matters”. http://bethematch.org/transplant-basics/matching-patients-with-donors/why-donor-age-matters/. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

  • 9

    Delete Blood Cancer. “Donor Handbook”. http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/sites/deletebloodcancer.org/files/donor_handbook.pdf. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

  • 10

    Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. “The Urgent Need for Younger Donors”. http://www.giftoflife.org/Pages/The-Urgent-Need-for-Younger-Donors.aspx. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

  • 11

    Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. “About Marrow and Stem Cell Donation”. http://www.giftoflife.org/Pages/About-Marrow-and-Stem-Cell-Donation.aspx. Accessed Nov 11th, 2014.

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