Record Breaking Numbers


215 cancer patients saved by transplants facilitated * A sharp rise in the number of people joining the Donor Registry: 67,830 joined the Bone Marrow Registry


In 2012, 215 cancer patients were recipients of stem cell transplants, donated by members of Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Donor Registry. For these patients, a transplant was the only hope of survival. The Registry’s records show that in the past year, 1,079 complete donor-patient matches were made. In every registry, not all complete matches come to transplants for various reasons, including patient condition and other medical factors. This year, for the first time, potential donors were able to join the Registry with a simple cheek swab.

The number of bone marrow transplants in the past year is the highest ever since the Ezer Mizion’s Registry was established in 1998. A total of 660,000 donors are currently listed in the Registry. As of now, 1,207 bone marrow transplants have taken place, meaning that one out of every 550 people who joined the registry have been instrumental in saving a life.

Ezer Mizion’s Bone Marrow Registry is the fourth largest in the world and serves Jews around the globe. Of the 1,207 stem cell transplants that took place since the Registry’s establishment, 639 were done in Israel and the rest abroad, most of them in the U.S. (138), Italy (96), Germany (84), and France (41).

This year, a sharp increase was noted in the number of people joining the Registry: 67,830 people did a cheek swab to join, as compared to 39,689 and 57,398 in the previous two years. The rise is related to the ethnic targeted donor drives that were done in 2012 with the express purpose of raising the number of potential bone marrow donors from ethnic groups that underrepresented in the Registry.

About a third of the potential donors in the Registry (228,000) are IDF soldiers, who joined the Registry as part of their induction process. In 2012, 570 donor-recipient matches were made between IDF soldiers and patients, and 112 soldiers donated stem cells for transplants. In comparison, 389 soldier-patient matches were made and patients and 92 transplants were facilitated from IDF soldiers in 2011.

Dr. Bracha Zisser, director of Ezer Mizion’s International Bone Marrow Donor Registry, says, “When we sum up the year and see the impressive numbers, there is no doubt that our Registry is a life saving enterprise. Almost every single day of the year the life of a patient in need of a stem cell transplant is being saved by the Israeli public as a whole, and the IDF soldiers in particular who are part of our Registry.”

To help fund lab testing for people who join the Registry and for donations to Ezer Mizion, contact:


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