Information for the potential donor

The first step to becoming a bone marrow donor is to join the Stem Cell Donor Registry.

When you join the Stem Cell Donor Registry, you become part of every patient's search for a bone marrow donor. It is possible that you might be compatible with someone who needs a bone marrow transplant. This is a unique opportunity for you to offer your help.

You might be asked to donate some of the healthy stem cells in your bone marrow to someone who needs them in the treatment of a serious illness. Stem cell transplants have become an increasingly important treatment for a variety of diseases.

In 1989, the year the Registry was established, only 17 unrelated bone marrow donations were performed in Canada. Today, thanks to advances in medicine and the growth of the Registry’s donor database, well over 100 Canadians donate bone marrow each year.

For more information regarding :

  • Preparation for Donation
  • Bone Marrow or PBSC Collection
  • Recovery

See Steps of Donation or read the   Guide for the potential donor Stem Cell Donor Registry.