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Donating bone marrow

Join the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry

You could become a lifesaver by joining the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry (WBMDR).

Did you know that 75% of patients in the UK won’t find a matching donor in their families?

By joining the WBMDR, you are increasing the chances of patients needing a bone marrow transplant to find their match and have a second chance at life.

What is the Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry?

The WBMDR is a panel of blood donors who have volunteered to become bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donors. We search the panel every day to try and find donors whose tissue type is a close match to patients who need life-saving bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplants.

What is a bone marrow transplant?

A bone marrow transplant is a medical procedure that replaces damaged blood cells with healthy ones. Bone marrow transplants are also known as stem cell transplants and are used to treat certain types of cancers and other blood and immune system diseases that affect the bone marrow.

Who needs a stem cell transplant?

Stem cell transplants are usually a person’s last chance at living. They are carried out when all other treatments have not helped. A bone marrow transplant can successfully treat patients with diseases and conditions in the bone marrow that affect the blood cells, such as:

  • Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Severe aplastic anaemia (bone marrow failure)
  • Certain blood, immune system and metabolic disorders.

Thanks to you, we have already helped these people to live their lives to the full.

How do I join the bone marrow donor registry?

Joining the WBMDR is simple. You can join the panel from the age of 17 up until your 31st birthday. There are two ways to join the registry.

What happens next?

After you join the Registry, we’ll be in touch if you’re a match with a patient in need! You’ll remain on the panel until your 61st birthday. Registries across the world are searched every day by clinicians looking for a perfect match for their patients.

If you are a potential match, you will be asked to give a further blood sample. This sample is needed to determine the exact level of compatibility with the patient.

If the level of compatibility is very close, you will be asked if you wish to donate your bone marrow or give a peripheral blood stem cell donation.

You will be given detailed information by a specialist nurse from our team about the different procedures. You can still back out at any time up until the patient starts their pre-transplant treatment.

Helping those with blood cancer has never been easier.

Aged 17-30? Enrol today