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By the end of 2006, a total of 41,283 people had joined the Baylor registry as potential donors of adult stem cell and marrow. Donors at Baylor's BE THE MATCH Registry have given the "gift of life" to more than 300 patients in need through 247 bone marrow collections and 53 peripheral blood stem cell collections. Since its inception, Baylor's transplant center has facilitated 588 unrelated stem cell transplants for Baylor patients. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas is one of a few programs nationwide to offer all four components of the BE THE MATCH Registry - a transplant center, a donor center, a bone marrow collection center and an apheresis collection center. Currently, about 70 percent of patients searching for a marrow or blood stem cell transplant do not find a suitable match within their family and request these services of the BE THE MATCH Registry.
The transplant center staff is responsible for searching national and international registries to seek suitable matches for patients in need of unrelated marrow and stem cell transplants. The donor center recruits new donors, continually educates registered donors, raises public awareness of the need for unrelated donors and coordinates donors through the steps of the search process and stem cell donation. Marrow collection center staff arranges for the collection of bone marrow and provides care for the donors. Apheresis collection center staff collects stem cells from the unrelated volunteer donors for patients in need throughout the network. An important service the donor center offers is hosting recruitment events on behalf of Baylor transplant patients. Each year the donor center participates in numerous initiatives to diversify the registry through minority recruitment and community education. For more information about Baylor's BE THE MATCH Registry, call 972.616.8834.
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