In the recent World Bone Marrow Day celebration on September 19, 2015, about 25 million people from across the world have registered to donate their marrows.
The World Bone Marrow Day is a new movement initiated by the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). It is a unique step to raise awareness and also simultaneously to thank all the donors.
Third Saturday of every September is marked as the World Marrow Donor Day by WMDA and Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW).
According to the organizations there are about 25 million people in their list from across the world who wishes to donate their marrows.
If believed to data of the National Marrow Donor Program, in the US alone 20,000 people develop the illness each year and even though the cure is possible with a bone marrow or cord blood transplant, only 6,300 transplants were done in 2014. Figure also reveals about 1,000 people die due to lack of a donor each year.
It is not to forget only 30 percent of the people suffering from the illness are compatible with someone from the family. Hence, there is a huge requirement of donors.
The bone marrow transplants have been successful by the rate of 90 percent. Earlier it was only used for the most serious cases of cancer, but now this is only the cure for painful sickle cell disease.
According to experts, the biggest drawback in not having much donors is lack of awareness.
Gift of Life Bone marrow Foundation is working to get more and more people listed in the potential donor list. They have built a registry where people can list themselves.