Milestones celebrated on Capitol Hill

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The U.S. Congress plays a vital role in supporting our life-saving mission. To recognize our partnership with the federal government, the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) hosted a celebration on Capitol Hill January 21st to mark 40,000 transplants facilitated by the NMDP and 8 million members on the Be The Match Registry®.

Celebration and education
The milestone celebration brought together members of Congress and their staff with transplant recipients, marrow donors and NMDP staff. The event was also an opportunity to educate members of Congress and their staff about the need to increase the number of unrelated donor transplants in the United States and to improve transplant outcomes.

Congress’ support of transplant
In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Stem Cell Research and Therapeutics Act establishing the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program. As a contractor for this program, the NMDP works to grow and diversify the national marrow and umbilical cord blood registry and ensure more patients have access to transplant.

The Stem Cell Research Act will expire at the end of 2010 and must be renewed this year. In addition, the funding for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program must be appropriated by Congress annually.

One Response to “Milestones celebrated on Capitol Hill”

  1. Steve williamson says:

    Why is the donor age limited to 60? 60 is the new 40.

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