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.

  • Remembrance: Dr. Robert Hartzman

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our program's founders.

    Dr. Robert Hartzman died on October 31, 2019 from complications of heart bypass surgery. Survived by his wife and son, Dr. Hartzman was a leading force in unrelated hematopoietic stem cell transplant. He received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971, where he worked with Dr. Fritz Bach, a pioneer in the field of transplantation immunology and genetics. Following his residency, Dr. Hartzman was inducted into the Navy, where he performed bone marrow transplants at the Naval Medical Center and Naval Medical Research Center. He established the C.W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program, founded The Radiation Injury Treatment Network, and, following his retirement, served as director of the Navy's Bone Marrow Research Directorate.

    Dr. Hartzman's work will live on through the 1 million donors recruited into the registry and the more than 8,000 transplants completed during his tenure. Every life saved is a tribute to his innovative research and dedication to service. We mourn his loss and celebrate his achievements.

  • Baby Blaize

    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)