Being a Donor
It happens every day: someone donates the living gift of blood stem cells that can save a life. Blood stem cells are donated by relatives and by anonymous donors who answer a call for help.
If you are invited to be a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor for patient with a life-threatening illness, you will undoubtedly have mixed feelings. On the one hand, the opportunity to give someone a second chance at life is exciting. But you probably will also have concerns about how being a donor will impact your health.
The medical procedures used to collect bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cellsCells that can replicate themselves or evolve into different types of blood cells are described on the stem cell and bone marrow collection page of our web site.
If you have been asked to be a related donor, we suggest you read our page about being a related donor.
If you are thinking about volunteering to donate bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells to an unrelated person, you can learn what's involved by reading the being an unrelated donor page on our web site.
If you are considering donating your baby's umbilical cord blood for use by an unrelated patient or storing it for private use, you too will have questions. Our section about donating umbilical cord blood will provide you with information on finding a cord blood bank and the procedure used to collect the cord blood. It also discusses some issues involved in storing your baby's umbilical cord blood for your family's personal use.