Marrow Program

Branden Linton and marrow recipient Camden LooperEach year, more than 10,000 Americans are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, whose best or only hope of a cure is a marrow transplant from someone outside their family.

Only 30% of patients in the U.S. in need of a marrow transplant have a matching donor in their family. So, 70% depend on marrow programs such as Oklahoma Blood Institute’s (OBI) marrow program and others affiliated with BeThe Match® to find a donor.

Who Needs It?
Many of those needing marrow transplants are facing leukemia, lymphomas, sickle cell anemia and other blood diseases. Patients are most likely to match donors of their same diverse race and ethnicity. Only 28% of those who have registered as potential donors have diverse racial or ethnic heritage (2.7 million of the nearly 9 million).

How Can I Financially Contribute?
Most opportunities to register are offered at no charge. However, the cost is approximately $100 for each person registered. Our ability to enlist even more life-saving donors is limited without contributions from individuals and organizations. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to Oklahoma Blood Institute to help with costs.

To register or schedule a registry event, volunteer or make a financial contribution, contact the marrow registry coordinator at 405-297-5593.

Pictured above are Branden Linton, 17, and Camden Looper, 6.  Branden battled leukemia as a young teenager. A family member was a match for a successful marrow transplant for Branden.  Camden had a two-year battle with leukemia in the first years of his life.  He received a marrow transplant from a matched donor registered through Be The Match®, administered by Oklahoma Blood Institute.