Our program was created to help United States Department of Defense members and their dependents become volunteer bone marrow donors.

    Since our inception in 1991, we have recruited more than 1 million new potential donors and coordinated more than 8,000 cellular donations.

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    Why Donate Marrow?

    Your cells can save lives. Meet some of the patients who have benefited - or would benefit - from such a gift.

    Older Blaize

    The cute little tot in the boots?

    This is Blaize today. His parents wrote us: "We would not have our son here today if it were not for his donors. They gave him a second and third chance at life."

    "This is what a SURVIVOR looks like."

    Kevin donated marrow to Dianne in 2008. They formed a bond afterwards, traveling to meet for holidays and milestones. Dianne officiated at Kevin's wedding in 2014. Their families continue to write new chapters of life together.

    Marrow Recipient & Her Donor

    Lori McFate & Michael

    Lori was a single mother fighting cancer when she finally found a matching donor. Michael was her "light at the end of a VERY dark tunnel".

    Nick and his dog

    Nick still needs a matching donor

    His first transplant from a family member failed. He is in remission, but never knows if - or how long - that will last. Meanwhile, out of more than 30 million registered potential donors, he has no match.

  • How to Join

    To register as a new donor through our program, you MUST meet three criteria:

    1. Age 18 - 60; 2. In general good health; 3. Affiliated with the U.S. Dept. of Defense

    (Active military & dependents; DoD civilian employees, Reservists, Coast Guard & National Guard members)

    Meet all three? Then we're happy to help you enroll in one of three ways:

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    Instant gratification

    We arrange one- or multi-day, Command-sponsored events at military facilities. Click above for a list of our upcoming events.

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    In-person assistance

    Installations across the country and around the world host permanent walk-in registration sites, staffed with knowledgeable personnel.

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    Serving where you serve

    As much as we would like to be, we're not everywhere - but we can send registration materials to any address you indicate.

  • Registered Donors: Stay in Touch

    When you are matched to a patient, time is of the essence. Help us out and update your contact information every time you move, PCS, change names or other key data. When a patient needs a transplant, every minute counts!

  • About Donation

    Educated donors are committed donors - and is our goal. Learn more about every aspect of registration, donor-patient matching, and the two different types of donation (traditional marrow and peripheral blood stem cell).

  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.

    11333 Woodglen Drive, Suite 300
    Rockville, Maryland 20852-3072
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (East Coast)
    1-800-627-7693 (1-800-MARROW-3)