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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 9 million potential donors in the U.S.

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The registry contains more than 266,000 available cord blood units. This total includes more than 115,000 units from the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI), with over 4,000 NCBI units added in 2021.

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More than 136,000 cord blood units on the registry in 2021 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 3.7 million U.S. volunteers on the registry in 2021 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

U.S. Volunteer Marrow Donors on the Registry by Race and Ethnicity as of September 30, 2021
Race/Ethnicity Volunteer Marrow Donors
American Indian or Alaska Native More than 74,000 (1%)
Asian Nearly 900,000 (9%)
Black or African American Nearly 748,000 (8%)
Hispanic or Latino* More than 1.2 million (13%)
Multiple Race More than 800,000 (9%)
White, non-Hispanic or Latino More than 5.2 million (56%)

*Total number indicating Hispanic or Latino ethnicity or race. People who identify as Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be included in any race group.

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, 2021
Race/Ethnicity Cord Blood Units
American Indian or Alaska Native 290 (0%)
Asian More than 14,000 (5%)
Black or African American More than 26,000 (10%)
Hispanic or Latino* More than 61,000 (23%)
Multiple Race More than 34,000 (13%)
White, non-Hispanic or Latino More than 122,000 (46%)

*Total number indicating Hispanic or Latino ethnicity or race. People who identify as Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be included in any race group.

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

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