The Robertson Blood Center is a collection center for the Department of Defense's C.W. Bill Young Bone Marrow Program. Thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases are waiting for bone marrow transplants. Patients and donors must have matching tissue types for patients to receive bone marrow.
Registration for the program is quick and simple. A five-minute history and a simple cheek swab where DNA is collected from the mouth is all that is needed. The DNA is then typed and placed on a national database. Most matches are found amongst individuals with a similar ethnicity. The Department of Defense and the National Bone Marrow Program work in collaboration to increase the number of potential bone marrow donors.
Visit www.dodmarrow.org or call (254) 285-5808 or 287-5938 with specific questions.
page last modified on: 5/7/2013