More Bone Marrow Donation Facts!


  • Bone marrow is a spongy material found in the hollow centers of some bones. Bone Marrow creates Stem cells, which produce three important types of blood cells: red, white and platelets.
  • To register as a bone marrow donor, a person swabs the inside of his or her cheek in order to provide the DNA needed to identify if he or she is a bone marrow match for someone.
  • 70% of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant do not have a matching donor in their family.
  • There are currently almost 1,600 people in the UK waiting for a stem cell transplant and 37,000 worldwide.
  • Men aged 18-30 are more likely to be chosen to donate but they currently account for just 12% of donors on the Anthony Nolan register.
  • After donation, bone marrow replaces itself within four to six weeks.
  • Young people 18-24 years old are the bone marrow donors needed most.
  • Donating bone marrow can occur in one of two ways: Blood is taken out of a donor’s arm (like Graeme) or a donor has marrow cells extracted from the hip bone.
  • Donors giving from their hip bones are put under anesthesia, and therefore they do not feel pain during the collection procedure.
All facts sourced from  NHSBT , The Anthony Nolan Trust and Do Something.