Volunteers must be 18-60, in good health and not excessively overweight. The first step to becoming a donor is to join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry by completing the a consent booklet. Cheek swabs will be taken for tissue typing. The typing is placed on the registry where the donor will remain active until he/she matches with a patient. They will then be contacted for further blood testing. Once identified as the best match, the potential donor will be offered an intensive information session and health physical (at no cost to the donor). They will then make the final decision to donate stem cells.
For further information contact Eileen Damone, Montana Marrow Program- toll free-(1-888)748-3494 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.