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.

  • To our donors, volunteers, and the Department of Defense community:

    The state of Maryland has issued mandatory stay-at-home orders beginning Monday, March 30th at 8:00 pm. While some of our essential staff will continue to manage critical donation activities, many of our auxiliary duties have been temporarily suspended. If you have been contacted as a match, or are currently proceeding to donation, contact your assigned coordinator or the emergency numbers you were provided. For all other matters - including drive and kit requests, address updates, and laboratory concerns - we attend to these matters when these emergency measures have concluded.


    Thank you for your support of bone marrow donation – and please stay safe.

  • 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.

  • Join Us

    If you meet these three criteria, you can register as a donor through our program:

    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)

  • Keep in Touch

    If you have already registered as a bone marrow donor, then we really want to keep in touch. Please 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)