Swab a cheek and save a life
The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry is urging Australians to consider becoming a bone marrow donor. It’s a very simple process through its ‘Strength to Give’ campaign.
Please ask your family, friends and their friends to consider becoming a donor.
For a small number of MPN patients, the only possibility of prolonging survival is through a blood stem cell transplant. Many other blood cancer patients also benefit from stem cell transplants.
The Strength to Give donor recruitment campaign is targeted towards younger male donors (18 to 30 years old) as young male donors typically result in better outcomes for patients and increases their overall chance at achieving a full recovery (unfortunately only 4% of the registry are young male donors). It is also important to attract donors from different ethnic backgrounds as patients are more likely to find a match with a donor from the same ethnic background.
Some heart-warming stories from donors and more information is available from the Strength to Give website at strengthtogive.org.au.