African Americans Uniting for Life was
created because of the urgent need for
more African American volunteer marrow
donors. The campaign’s goal was to
get 35,300 new African Americans to the
NMDP Registry of volunteer donors.
THe 2 year campaign went over its
goal by 12 percent, which resulted
in adding 39, 633 new African American
volunteer marrow donors.
This was of great importance because
African Americans were having a hard
time finding bone marrow matches. They
needed to go to the community.
Before the AAUL campaign got started
in 1993, The NMDP registry had
59,104 African American volunteer
marrow donors. By the end of the campaign,
African American people doubled to
Since the AAUL campaign, the match
rate for African American patients has
improved by over one-third. Dr. Howe
said “The success rate is encouraging,
but there is still a long way to go.”
He also says “However, what this does
prove is that there is a correlation
between the increase in African
American volunteer marrow donors and
African American patients finding
The NMDP, will continue its efforts to
recruit Black people to the Registry.
“We couldn’t have reached our goal without
the help of our affiliates, volunteers and
organizations” said Dr. Howe.
The best way to find a matching donor
is from a sibling. 70 percent of patients
will not have a sibling match, but will need
to find an unrelated donor, most likely
from a person from the same racial or