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Donate Bone Marrow and Stem Cells

  • Approximately 30 percent of patients in need of a stem cell donor find a match within their families. The remaining 70 percent search a worldwide database of unrelated volunteer donors, who may be their "miracle match" willing to donate life-saving cells.

    About Dana-Farber's Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Donor Services

    On any given day, thousands of men, women, and children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma search for a life-saving bone-marrow donor to provide healthy stem cells through a process known as allogeneic transplant.

    Dana-Farber's Donor Services program provides comprehensive services for allogeneic transplant donors, including both family members of stem cell transplantation patients and unrelated donors.

    Our program:

    • Recruits potential donors throughout New England to the National Marrow Donor Program's Be The Match Registry®
    • Helps organize and run donor registration drives
    • Educates donors about the registration and donation process
    • Acts as a donor's advocate, looking out for the donor's best interests throughout the recruitment, matching, and donation processes

    Our program includes accredited marrow and peripheral blood stem cell collection centers; experts who perform donor searches for patients; and the  Cord Blood Donation Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    Our Donor Services program also supports the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center  Stem Cell Transplantation Program, one of the largest and most experienced transplant services in the world. Our donor center facilitates marrow and blood stem cell donations for patients here, as well as throughout the United States and the world.

    Our donor recruitment efforts focus on increasing the diversity of tissue types available and registering donors who are committed to helping any patient in need.

    We work with individuals who are interested in joining the bone marrow registry, as well as those who would like to host a donor registration drive.

    We work with families, communities, businesses and other groups to raise awareness and recruit committed individuals to join the donor registry and host a donor registration drive.

    We also offer  volunteer opportunities for people who want to help out at donor recruitment drives.

    Contact us:

    To join the Be The Match Registry®; of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) at Dana-Farber or to get more information:
    Phone: 866-875-DFCI (3324) or 617-632-2561
    Email:  nmdpdonor@dfci.harvard.edu