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Donor Registry Data

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:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

The growth in numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units, plus the diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds on the registry, are improving all patients' chances of finding the match they need.

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Figure 1. Growth of Marrow Donors on the Registry 

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The registry contains more than 19 million potential donors.

Figure 2. Growth of Cord Blood Units on the Registry 

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More than 249,000 cord blood units are on the registry. This total includes nearly 93,000 units from the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI), with nearly 8,000 NCBI units added in 2017.

Figure 3. Diversity of Cord Blood Units on the Registry 

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Nearly 121,000 cord blood units on the registry in 2017 were from donors who identified their racial or ethnic background as:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Figure 4. Diversity of Marrow Donors on the Registry 

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More than 3.7 million volunteers on the registry in 2017 were from these racial and ethnic communities:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Figure 5. Marrow Donors on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity 

Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity

As of September 30, 2017

American Indian or Alaska Native

More than 143,000 (0.7%)

Asian

Nearly 919,000 (5%)

Black or African American

More than 847,000 (4%)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

More than 19,000 (0.1%)

Hispanic or Latino*

More than 1.4 million (7%)

Multiple Race

Nearly 600,000 (3%)

White, non-Hispanic or Latino

Nearly 9.5 million (49%)

* Total number indicating Hispanic or Latino ethnicity or race.

Note: may not add up to 100% due to Unknown, Other and Declined to answer.

Figure 6. Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity  

Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity

As of September 30, 2017

American Indian or Alaska Native

460 (0.2%)

Asian

Nearly 27,000 (11%)

Black or African American

Nearly 21,000 (8%)

Hispanic or Latino*

More than 48,000 (19%)

Multiracial

More than 24,000 (10%)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

263 (0.1%)

White, non-Hispanic or Latino

More than 149,000 (60%)

*Total number indicating Hispanic or Latino ethnicity or race.

Note: may not add up to 100% due to Unknown, Other and Declined to answer.

Updated: February 22, 2018

Donor Registry Data

The Program’s donor registry, also called the Be The Match Registry®, is operated under Federal contracts by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP). Donor registry data are reported from Oct. 1 - Sept. 30 by the NMDP.

Patient Outcomes

Find more information about patient survival using marrow donors or donated cord blood units from the registry.

Successful Outcomes Depend on a Matching Donor