The Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry is working with the Wales Race Forum to encourage volunteer stem cell donors from Black, Asian, Multiple Mixed Heritage and Ethnic Minority communities to join our fight against blood cancer and give patients across the globe a second chance at life.
The Welsh Bone Marrow Donor Registry holds a panel of volunteer donors who have agreed to donate their stem cells for patients in need of a stem cell transplant.
Stem cell transplants are used to treat blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and severe aplastic anaemia, in addition to providing a treatment option for some immune system and metabolic disorders. A stem cell transplant can be a patient’s last resort at overcoming their illness.
In the United Kingdom around 2,000 stem cell transplants take place annually, and globally this figure is over 50,000. Only 25% of patients in need of a transplant will find a suitably matched donor within their own family. When a patient cannot find a matched donor within their family a global search for an unrelated matched donor can be performed.