40 million people worldwide, among which 405.101 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!
The annual GenDx Stem Cell Donor Recruitment Week takes place in the week leading up to the World Marrow Donor Day.
The GenDx Stem Cell Donor Recruitment Week initiative was established in 2018, in collaboration with Matchis, the renowned Dutch center for stem cell donors. The initiative perfectly aligns with GenDx’s mission of enhancing the quality of life and survival rates for transplant patients. Our primary objective is to increase the number of potential stem cell donors in the global registry, to increase the chances of finding a donor for every patient in need.
In 2022, the initiative not only led to 129 new registrations, GenDx also donated €4,515 to Matchis in order to cover the costs of these registrations.
In 2023, 71 new potential donors registered, which corresponded to a donation of €2,485 to the Matchis foundation.
In 2024, the World Marrow Donor Day is on September 21st, meaning that the GenDx Stem Cell Recruitment Week takes place from September 16-22.
By joining forces, we can achieve our shared goal of motivating as many young and healthy individuals as possible to become part of the stem cell donor registry.
Easy as 1-2-3
Learn how easy it is to register!
Make sure to complete your registration! Matchis will send you an e-mail with a confirmation link.
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.
* 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.