Data about the numbers of potential marrow donors and donated umbilical cord blood units listed on the donor registry of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (Program), including the National Cord Blood Inventory, are reported annually.
Increasing the numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units on the donor registry are requirements of the Program. To help more people who have difficulty finding a matching donor, special emphasis is placed on registering marrow donors and collecting cord blood units from these communities:
The growth in numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units, plus the diversity of races and ethnicities on the registry, are improving all patients' chances of finding the match they need.
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The registry contains more than 11 million potential donors.
More than 193,000 cord blood units are on the registry. This total includes more than 61,200 units from the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI), with over 8,300 NCBI units added in 2013.
Nearly 88,000 cord blood units on the registry in 2013 were from donors who identified their race or ethnicity as:
Nearly 3 million volunteers on the registry in 2013 were from these racial and ethnic communities:
|Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Race|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||More than 122,000 (1%)|
|Asian||More than 769,000 (7%)|
|Black or African American||Nearly 746,000 (7%)|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||More than 17,000 (less than 2%)|
|White||More than 7.4 million (65%)|
|Multiple Race||More than 441,000 (4%)|
|Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino*||More than 1.1 million (10%)|
*Volunteer donors are asked to record both their race and ethnicity. Volunteers who recorded their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino are also included in one of the above racial groups.
|Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Race|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||More than 300 (2%)|
|Asian||Nearly 19,000 (10%)|
|Black or African American||Nearly 15,000 (8%)|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||201 (less than 1%)|
|White||Nearly 117,000 (60%)|
|Multiple Race||Nearly 18,000 (9%)|
|Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino*||More than 36,000 (19%)|
*Both the race and ethnicity of cord blood units are recorded. Cord blood units recorded as Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are also included in one of the above racial groups.
Find more information about patient survival using marrow donors or donated cord blood units from the registry.