PURPOSE: To increase the availability of potential stem cells donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a stem cell transplant through outreaching and conducting registration drives.

RATIONALE: Every year, more than 12,000 patients in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma for which a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated may be their best or only hope of a cure. About 70% of patients in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. They depend on the Be The Match Registry to find an unrelated donor or umbilical cord blood unit. Just 7.2% of potential adult donors are Asians/Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (67% registered donors are White). At UCB, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders account for more than 40% of undergraduates; however, many of them are uninformed about the need for bone marrow donors. The project aims to inform students on campus about the need of bone marrow and to provide education on the donation process to help the students make their best decision. Be a DONOR, Save a LIFE.

(source: Be The Match- National Marrow Donor Program. Learn more

YOUR ROLE: Students from AAPI communities have better access to their respective AAPI communities, both on and off-campus. You will receive training on how to effectively outreach to both AAPIs and non-AAPIs in your community. Several donor drives will be held throughout the school year. Each volunteer is required to attend at least 3 donor drives per semester.

*****We accept both AAPI and non-AAPI volunteers :)

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If you have an interest in this project, please email or Supreet at and come to the AAPIHRG-S info session on Sept.10, 2015 from 7-8pm in 101 Wheeler.

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