Many Australians each year are diagnosed with leukaemia or other fatal blood disorders. A bone marrow or haemopoietic stem cell transplant is the only possibility of cure for many of these patients.
Donors need to be specifically matched to the patient which can make it very difficult to find a donor for certain patients with rare tissue types. Only 1 in 1,500 donors will be asked to donate for a patient requiring a transplant in any given year.
Siblings are the ideal donors for a patient in need of a bone marrow or haemopoietic stem cell transplant, but only one patient in three will find a matched donor within their family. The other two in three patients rely on the ABMDR or other international registries to find a suitable match. With your commitment to become a donor we can continue helping those patients in need.