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How do I register to be a Volunteer Marrow/Stem Cell Donor?

The HLA Registry is actively recruiting volunteer marrow/stem cell donors for the National Marrow Donor Program�s (NMDP)/ Be The Match Registry. The HLA Registry, which offers educational programs and coordinates donor recruitment drives, recruits in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania but is not limited to these states.

To become a volunteer marrow or stem cell donor you should:

  • From 18 to 60 years of age and in good health.
  • Be willing to donate to anyone in the world.
  • Consent to giving a cheek swab for tissue typing and allow entry of your genetic and biographic information into the Be The Match Registry of potential donors.
  • Give a blood sample in the future.
  • Be available on the registry until your 61st birthday.
  • Be willing to make a time commitment of 20-30 hours over a 4-6 week time span if matched to a patient.
  • Be willing to do either type of donation, peripheral blood stem cell or marrow donation.

By registering you make yourself available to help any patient in the world when needed. If you match a patient in need, we will call you. The chance of being called upon to actually donate is low. Very few people share your exact tissue type. We will not call you unless you are a match for a sick patient with leukemia or another deadly blood disorder.

Every person who registers as a volunteer marrow or stem cell donor increases the chance that a patient in need will find their lifesaving match. Seventy percent of patients do not have a matched donor in their family and must depend upon volunteer donors to find an unrelated marrow or blood stem cell donor or cord blood unit to help save their lives

There is more than one way that you can register to be a volunteer marrow or stem cell donor:

If you are 18-60 years old, click here and register virtually. Please enter Promo Code HLAREGISTRY when you register.

If you are 18-44 years old, click here to find out if there is a drive in your area.

Call 800-336-3363 to make an appointment to register in person at:

The HLA Registry

Division of Community Blood Services
102 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ 07645

For more information, please call 800-336-3363 or contact us by email .

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