Bone Marrow Registry: Background and Overview

In 1996, Moshe Schayek, a young man desperate for a bone marrow transplant, turned to Ezer Mizion for assistance in finding a matching donor. Ezer Mizion's Cancer Support Division helped his family coordinate a bone marrow drive, but no match was found among the 5,000 people who participated in the drive. Sadly, the young man died, but he left a legacy that has enabled dozens of other sick Jews to live. This led to the establishment of Ezer Mizion's International Bone Marrow Donor Registry. In December 2008, Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry celebrated a landmark as it passed the 400,000 mark!

As of November 1, 2009, the Registry has grown to include 492,250 potential donors! An incredible 115,572 of these potential donors are IDF recruits who joined the registry following a landmark agreement between Ezer Mizion and the Israel Defence Forces whereby new recruits routinely undergo testing as part of their induction process.

Since the establishment of Ezer Mizion's Bone Marrow Donor Registry in 1998, it has handled thousands of search requests from dozens of transplant centers in over 30 countries around the world. Ezer Mizion's Registry has made 2,313 complete donor-patient matches that have facilitated hundreds of stem cell transplants saving the lives of Jewish patients throughout the world and sparing thousands of people untold anguish.

Today, the Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Donor Registry is the largest Jewish registry in the world. Because donors and recipients need to be genetically compatible, Jewish patients generally require Jewish stem cell donors donors. The Registry is a vital resource for thousands of sick Jews and serves an insurance policy for Jews everywhere.

To learn more about Ezer Mizion please visit our website, www.ezermizion.org.uk

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