Colorado Marrow Donor Program
Every year, more than 10,000 people from all ethnic backgrounds are diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases who hope for a marrow donor who can make their transplant possible. Seventy percent of these patients do not have a compatible donor in their family and need to search the Be The Match Registry® for an unrelated donor.
Bonfils' Colorado Marrow Donor Program (CMDP) exists to give these patients a chance at survival by focusing on three primary initiatives – to facilitate stem cell and marrow transplants, to recruit more potential donors and to raise funds to cover testing and other costs associated with adding these new donors to the registry.
Since its inception in 1989, CMDP has added more than 81,000 potential donors to the registry and has facilitated more than 590 blood stem cell or marrow transplants and more than 70 cord blood transplants to support patients in need all over the world. In 2012 alone, CMDP facilitated 40 blood stem cell or marrow matches and placed 3,981 potential marrow donors from Colorado and Wyoming on the Be The Match Registry®.
As a marrow donor, you could be the unique match for a patient in need. Everyone who joins, gives, volunteers can be someone's cure.
Did you know your heritage could save lives?
People of similar ethnic backgrounds are more likely to provide marrow/stem cell matches for one another because tissue type is inherited. Donors with diverse ethnic backgrounds are underrepresented on the registry, so to increase the likelihood of finding matches in minority communities, it is critical that members of the African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American communities become part of the Be The Match Registry®.