How It Works

It's a great feeling to know that you have the power to save a life. 

To help, here's some information about how it works

What's a Stem Cell Donation?

Every 3 minutes someone gets diagnosed with blood cancer. Since blood is produced in the bone marrow, these patients need to get new stem cells. This is where donors come in!

A patient can only accept a stem cell donation from a donor with matching tissue type. The better the match the better the outcomes for the patient.

If you are Indian or any kind of South Asian it's critical for you to register (see below for why)

But I need my Stem Cells!

Yes you do, but your stem cells grow back very quickly! This is not like an organ transplant - it is more like a blood donation. So when you donate, know that you'll be whole again (really soon), and at the same time you'll have gifted a life to another person in need. You hero!

How Do I Swab & Become a Donor?

The way to become a registered donor is by ordering a swab kit and swabbing your cheek. Your swabs will go to a lab to determine what your tissue type code is (think of it like a lottery ticket). Your"lottery ticket"is securely stored with your contact info to see if your lottery ticket matches that of a searching patient in need you'll get the phone call!

What Happens If I'm a Match?

1 in 430 people who register ever get the phone call to be a donor. If you ever do get this call it likely means you are the only person in the world who can save a specific patient. 

If you decide to move forward, the doctors will want to verify that you are indeed the match, and are fit to donate. It is an opportunity of a life time to save a life - literally.

What's Donating Like? Does It Hurt?

While TV shows and movies have wildly exaggerated stem cell/bone marrow donation as something scary, the reality is much less dramatic. Roughly 80% of donations happen from peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), which is similar to donating blood. Notice how the person here is donating? That's it!


Why Should Indians Swab?

Today there aren't very many Indians in the donor registry. Of the 1.4 Billion Indians around the world, only a few hundred thousand are signed up. So if your loved one or friend gets infected with blood cancer, then most likely you won't have a match in the registry for him. This is not the case with other ethnicities. 

Think of it like an insurance policy. If we all register today, then no one else in the Indian community has to deal this problem again.