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Donor Registry Data

Data about the numbers of potential marrow donors and donated umbilical cord blood units listed on the donor registry of the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (CWBYCTP), including the National Cord Blood Inventory, are reported annually.

One of the CWBYCTP goal is to increase the numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units on the CWBYCTP donor registry. The program seeks to help more people who have difficulty finding a matching donor by placing special emphasis on registering marrow donors and collecting cord blood units from these communities:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

The growth in numbers of marrow donors and cord blood units, plus the diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds on the registry, are improving all patients' chances of finding the match they need.

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The registry contains more than 23 million potential donors.

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More than 305,000 cord blood units are on the registry. This total includes nearly 112,000 units from the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI), with over 4,000 NCBI units added in 2020.

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Over 150,000 cord blood units on the registry in 2020 were from donors who identified their racial or ethnic background as:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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More than 3 million volunteers on the registry in 2020 were from these racial and ethnic communities:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity as of September 30, 2020
Race/Ethnicity Volunteer Marrow Donors
Asian Nearly 800,000 (11%)
Black or African American More than 600,000 (9%)
Hispanic or Latino* More than 1 million (16%)
Multiple Race More than 600,000 (9%)
Native American More than 56,000 (1%)
White, non-Hispanic or Latino Nearly 4 million (54%)

*Total number indicating Hispanic or Latino ethnicity or race.

Note: may not add up to 100% due to Unknown, Other and Declined to answer.

Cord Blood Units on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity as of September 30, 2020
Race/Ethnicity Cord Blood Units
Asian Nearly 16,000 (5%)
Black or African American More than 28,000 (9%)
Hispanic or Latino* More than 65,000 (22%)
Multiple Race More than 37,000 (13%)
Native American 330 (.1%)
White, non-Hispanic or Latino More than 142,000 (48%)

*Total number indicating Hispanic or Latino ethnicity or race.

Note: may not add up to 100% due to Unknown, Other and Declined to answer.

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