Thank you for your interest in joining the national registry of bone marrow and stem cell donors. However, we are unable to proceed with your request. To join through our program, everyone must meet three criteria:
All registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 60. Those under the age of 18 are unable to provide the legal consent necessary to participate. Those above the age of 60 are both slightly more likely to encounter medical complications following donation, and are far less likely to be selected as a donor. According to the National Marrow Donor Program, physicians select donors aged 18-44 about 90% of the time.
Potential donors should be in general good health. We decline to register individuals who have certain medical conditions that may increase the risks to themselves or their potential recipients. Specific conditions or illnesses that disqualify donors include previous heart attacks or strokes, significant brain injuries, hemophilia, or diagnosis of HIV, Hepatitis B or C, serious liver or kidney diseases. There are a number of more mild or limited-impact diseases or conditions which may not disqualify you from joining. See further details at Be The Match.
Our program was designed to serve active duty U.S. military, members of the Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard, their ID-card-holding family members, and Department of Defense civilian employees. We also assist other contractors and federal employees, to include NAF, DAC, and DoD contractors. We refer all U.S. civilian or non-DoD-affiliated individuals to join through Be The Match or other geographically-based donor centers (global listing of registries).
There are so many ways to help patients in need! While we do not solicit or accept financial donations, we are always looking for volunteers to:
Hold recruitment events. We rely on volunteer workers to register new donors at recruitment drives across the country and at installations around the world. If you would be willing to either lead a new effort or help others, please contact our Recruitment department at [email protected] or 1-800-627-7693, x223.
Be active on social media. Help us spread the word about the Salute to Life program, its efforts and aims. You can find us at:
Educate others about donation. It may seem like a simple act, but discussions with others about the need for new donors and the impact they have on the lives of patients, makes a huge difference. We have had many people tell us that they would not have donated if they had not been encouraged to do so by friends, family, and coworkers. Your support counts!