When you arrive at the registry, you should ask to "GET STEM CELL TESTING and JOIN THE DONOR REGISTRY". Feel free to let them know that you here because of the match4Lara campaign. The staffs at the National Blood Center will carefully explain how it all works and ask you to sign a consent form. Once this is done, you will be asked to donate blood and a sample will be taken for HLA testing. The science behind the HLA testing is very complicated and the lab work will take at least 20 days so there is no need to wait for the results. You can now go home knowing that you have just potentially saved someone's life.
Once the lab determines your HLA tying, the results will be automatically entered into the Donor Registry system waiting for the recipients that match. Only in the unlikely event that your HLA typing is identified as a potential match will you be contacted by the National Registry.
1) Visit NZBS donor centre in your area
You can visit your nearest NZBS donor centre or upcoming mobile
You can make a difference by joining a bone marrow registry. It's as easy as spitting into a test tube or using a cheek swab. If you turn out to be a match for one of the 37,000 other people around the world in need, you could save a life!
Lara is of Italian, Chinese and Thai heritage. But being mixed race means that finding a matching bone marrow donor is extremely difficult. Less than 3% of donors on the worldwide bone marrow donor registry are of mixed race… and only a small portion of them are a Asian-European like Lara.
Each country has its own bone marrow donor registry but they're joined together to enable doctors for Lara and other Leukemia patients to search for potential matches around the world. Join the 25 million people around the world who have registered to give hope for the future to those with Leukemia.