Bone Marrow Registry

Swab a Hero. Save a Hero.

Every 5 minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.

Every 10 minutes, someone dies from blood cancer.

Ten minutes of your time might save a life.

Intern Lee Irvin registers for the Bone Marrow Registry with sorority volunteer.

Intern Lee Irvin registers for the Bone Marrow Registry with a volunteer.

Our mission is to save lives by registering people in the bone marrow registry so they can donate their bone marrow and save a life. Every day over 6,000 men, women and children desperately search the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the National Marrow Donor Program [NMDP]) for a life-saving bone marrow donor. Currently only 4 out of 10 patients are able to find a matching donor who can save their life.

To date, There Goes My Hero has swabbed over 8,500 people.

109 matches have resulted from our drives, and 10 life-saving transplants have occurred thanks to donors who swabbed at our drives.

Swab and become a hero today!


About the Bone Marrow Donor Registry

 "Swab a Cheek, Save a Life"

Delete Blood Cancer is a donor center which is a member organization of the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP).

More than 22,000 Delete Blood Cancer donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow. Delete Blood Cancer is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with nearly 2.5 million registered donors. Delete Blood Cancer works to expand bone marrow donor registries by recruiting bone marrow donors from every race and ethnicity, in order to provide leukemia and other blood cancer patients in need of a bone marrow transplant with the best available donor match. However, there are still thousands of patients who cannot find their donor match. Therefore, we need your help. Please consider taking the first step toward saving the life of a patient in need and become a bone marrow donor today.


Did You Know?

  • The ideal bone marrow donor is between the ages of 25 to 40 and male. However, potential bone marrow donors can be between the ages of 18 to 60, male or female.
  • Each day about 3,000 patients worldwide with leukemia, aplastic anemia or other fatal blood diseases are searching for a life-saving bone marrow match.
  • Any one person has a 1 in 20,000 chance of matching a stranger.
  • Currently, there is an urgent need for minority donors including African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native. Of the 3.5 million registered donors, Asian/Pacific Islander make up 12.2 percent; African American, 8.3 percent; Native American, 3.8 percent; Hispanic, 2.6 percent; and multiracial, 2.5 percent.


Join for Joe! 

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Each year, a bone marrow drive is held at Loyola Blakefield in honor of Joe Gorman, who was diagnosed in 2010 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  He battled his cancer for two and a half years, but his cure did not come in time.  Drives at Loyola Blakefield and Notre Dame Prep are held to help patients of blood cancers, like Joe, to find a life-saving bone marrow match by getting more donors on the bone marrow registry. Partnering with There Goes My Hero, Join for Joe encourages all senior students, as well as faculty, parents, friends, and family to get swabbed and save a life.