Every year, hundreds of Canadian patients—and even more worldwide—wait for a life-saving blood stem cell transplant.
In Canada, their search for a donor may start with family members, but less than 25% of patients find a match within their family. Most of the time, patients must rely on unrelated volunteer donors from a registry, often with a similar ethnic background to increase their chances of finding a match.
If you're between the ages of 17-35 and are in good health, you could be the rare match for a patient in need.
Blood stem cells are immature cells that can develop into the cells present in the bloodstream, including:
Red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body.
White blood cells, which fight infections.
Platelets, which help control bleeding.
Blood stem cells are not embryonic stem cells. They come from bone marrow, circulating (peripheral) blood or umbilical cord blood. When patients need a stem cell transplant, it means that their bone marrow (stem cell factory) has failed due to an illness.
Patients who undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment may also need a transplant of healthy stem cells to help heal and re-boost their immune system.
Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry-formerly known as the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network-is dedicated to recruiting and finding healthy, committed volunteer donors for patients in need of blood stem cell transplants. We belong to an international network of registries comprising over 80 participating countries, with over 40 million donors from around the world.
Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry operates according to international standards established by the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA), the international organization that promotes the ethical, technical, medical and financial aspects of stem cell transplantation. We coordinate searches in Canada and with other international registries to work towards a single goal: helping patients get the blood stem cells they need.
Previous registrants of the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry (UBMDR) or the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network are already part of Canadian Blood Services Stem Cells Registry and do not need to register again.