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What is bone marrow?

Bone marrow is the body’s blood cell ‘factory’. It is the tissue inside the bone cavity which produces and maintains a supply of blood stem cells.

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You could be the match that saves a life.

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Who can donate bone marrow?

If you are male and your ancestors were Maori, Pacific Island or any other NZ ethnic minority group, please consider joining the Registry. It could mean the difference between life and death to someone needing a bone marrow transplant.

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How do you donate bone marrow?

Bone marrow donation does not involve donating your actual bone. It involves the collection of blood stem cells which grow inside the bone.

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Real Stories

  • Rachel
  • Avary
  • Joseph
  • Donald
  • Chace

Rachel

Diagnosed with leukaemia

After spending more than half her life battling illness, Rachel Sharma now has dreams of helping others and is thankfully able to do so, thanks to the help of a complete stranger.

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Avary

Diagnosed with leukaemia – Auckland

Kapa haka performer Avary Patutama is encouraging more people with Maori and Pacific Island ancestry to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

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Joseph

A bone marrow donor

When Joseph Heke (Ngapuhi/Ngati Hineuru) started dating his girlfriend Melissa (Ngati Maniapoto) in 2007, it led him on a path to saving lives.

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Donald

Diagnosed with Leukaemia

Just three months after diagnosing a young woman with cancer at a medical practice, Dr. Donald Taylor was completely unaware he himself would be undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

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Chace

Diagnosed with Leukaemia

Three days before his first birthday, Ryan and Keri Found out that a bone marrow aspirate had determined that Chace had a rare strain of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).

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Interested in joining the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry?

In New Zealand, to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry you first must meet the criteria to become a blood donor and donate blood.

Please follow the 3 steps below.

1. Check your eligibility to become a blood donor

1. Check your eligibility to become a blood donor

A quick list of the major blood donor criteria.
2. Book an appointment to donate blood

2. Book an appointment to donate blood

Use the NZ Blood Service handy online system to find your nearest place to donate and book an appointment.
3. Ask to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry

3. Ask to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry

Ask the NZ Blood Service staff when you donate that you would like to join the NZ Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

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(You'll be directed to NZ Blood for eligibility)