Become a perfect match: join the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Every 40 minutes someone in Australia is diagnosed with blood cancer, and for many a blood stem cell transplant from a complete stranger is their only hope. Donors need to be specifically matched to the patient, which makes it tricky to find a donor for patients with rare tissue types. Joining the Registry is quick and easy, and the more people that join the better chances patients have of finding a perfect donor match.
Steps to take action
- Registering is quick and easy. Next time you come in to an Australian Red Cross Lifeblood donor centre to donate blood or plasma, simply let the team know when you arrive that you’d like to be put on the register.
- You’ll get an enrolment form to read and fill out, along with your donor questionnaire. During your donation they’ll take a quick sample of your blood, which will be tested so you can be added to the registry.
- You can find out more about the process on the ABMDR website or call (02) 9052 3333