39.3 million people worldwide, among which 382.551 Dutch residents, are already registered as stem cell donor.”
There are 9000 blood cancer patients in The Netherlands, and only 30% of patients who need a stem cell transplant can find a fully matched donor within their family.”
The chance of a match between two random individuals is very small. Therefore, it is so important that as many people as possible
join the registry!
YOU can give a chance to live!
Since 2018, GenDx organizes an annual Stem Cell Donor Recruitment Day in the week preceding the World Marrow Donor Day. This initiative is established in cooperation with Matchis, the Dutch center for stem cell donors, and in line with GenDx’s mission to improve the quality of life and survival of transplant patients. Our main aim is to motivate as many young, fit people to register as a potential stem cell donor.
On Thursday 15 September 2022, we were present at various locations, mainly at Utrecht Science Park, but also in Leiden.
A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to this year’s edition. Whether you helped with promoting the event, helped spreading awareness on the topic, or volunteered during the event… Together, we reached our goal, which was to motivate as many young, healthy people as possible to join the stem cell donor registry.
Onto next year…
Easy as 1-2-3
Learn how easy it is to register!
Complete the online registration form (Matchis)
and check your e-mail to confirm.
Do you want to double your impact? Enter our event code GENDX22 (valid from 12 – 23 September 2022)
Because if you do, GenDx will donate €35,- to the Matchis Foundation.
To determine your unique HLA type, a set of 3 buccal swabs will be sent to your home address. Swab the inside of your cheek and return the swabs to Matchis, using the return envelope.
Make sure to complete your registration! Matchis will send you an e-mail with a confirmation link.
* Please note that donor registries are country-specific.
Dutch residents can join the registry via the Matchis foundation (Dutch Centre for Stem Cell Donors). If you want to join the registry, and you are not living in the Netherlands, we encourage you to have a look at this list of worldwide registries to find out which organization handles the registry in your country of residence.