What is bone marrow?
Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found inside bones. The bone marrow in the breast bone, skull, hips, ribs, and spine contain stem cells which produce the body's blood cells. These blood cells include:
- White blood cells which fight disease and infection
- Red blood cells which carry oxygen
- Platelets which enable the blood to clot
Bone marrow/ blood stem cell transplants are an accepted form of treatment for many life threatening conditions including many types of leukaemia and lymphoma.
Register as a bone marrow donor
The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) is always seeking new donors to help save the lives of people that so desperately need a transplant. To become a new donor you need to have given or be prepared to give blood and have a small blood sample taken to allow tissue typing.
Your tissue type and details are registered on their database and you simply have to wait until your tissue type can help save someone.
For more information on this simple procedure that can help save lives visit the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry.