A promise made. A promise kept.

Posted April 7th, 2010 by Be The Match and filed in Donor Stories, Patient Stories
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Twenty-three years ago, the families and physicians who founded the National Marrow Donor Program made a promise to help every patient in need. They made a commitment to increase access to transplant, find people willing to donate and support research to extend and improve lives.

Today, thanks to every person who shares our commitment to patients, we are fulfilling that promise. We are facilitating transplants around the globe. We are recruiting potential donors in record numbers. We are improving transplant outcomes through continual medical advances.

2009 highlights include:

  • 4,800 transplants were facilitated in 2009—more than twice as many as five years ago.
  • 1,800 patients were approved for financial assistance to help pay transplant-related expenses not covered by their insurance.
  • 575,000 potential donors were recruited to the Be The Match Registry® and we enlisted
    the support of new mothers who helped us add more than 18,000 umbilical cord blood units.
  • Together with our research program, CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research), we shared the results of cutting-edge research through a total of 70
    peer-reviewed journal articles and 61 abstracts presented at professional conferences.
  • Over the past five years, one-year survival for recipients who received transplants from unrelated donors or cord blood units has increased by 12% and outcomes are now comparable to transplants from family donors.

Our promise for the future
We will strive to provide the greatest possible benefit to every patient in need of a transplant.

We will continue to improve transplant outcomes through medical advances, focusing on new treatments to help more people live longer and healthier lives.

We will deliver the innovative solutions that will transform our business as needed to successfully serve 10,000 patients per year by 2015. To achieve this goal, we will develop new tools and technologies to streamline every aspect of the process.

We will accelerate search, improve donor availability, and provide services that allow transplant centers to focus on patient care.

In short, we will continue to champion the NMDP’s mission as promised by our founders: To create an opportunity for all patients to receive the marrow or cord blood therapy they need, when they need it.

Thank you for all you do to make this vision a reality. Together, we are saving lives.

Read more about it in our latest Report to the Community (PDF) >

One Response to “A promise made. A promise kept.”

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    Great!this blog is a goodnews..am really glad to hear that, “They made a commitment to increase access to transplant, find people willing to donate and support research to extend and improve lives.”
    it’s really a very nice plan for the future..

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