New York Blood Center is one of the largest donor centers in The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) network with over 230,000 typed volunteer donors. NMDP works through an extensive network of US and International organizations to facilitate bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients who need an unrelated donor transplant. NMDP Network brings together the expertise of leading hospitals, blood centers, laboratories and recruiters to help patients in need. NMDP maintains a registry of almost 10 million potential donors.
NYBC donor center staff recruit potential bone marrow/blood stem cell donors, inform them about the donation process, and act as donor advocates by looking out for the donor's best interests throughout the recruitment and donation process. When a NMDP volunteer donor consents to be listed in the registry, a cheek swab is taken for HLA typing. If the volunteer is a preliminary match with a potential recipient, the donor is contacted for further testing. If the donor and recipient match, the volunteer donor will undergo counseling and a physical exam at a local hospital. If all is satisfactory, a donation may be scheduled.