National Bone Marrow Donor Drive

Congratulations on your decision to participate in the NCPA Foundation’s Bone Marrow Donor Drive with DKMS, the world’s largest and most experienced bone marrow donor center! This is an important step towards increasing the pool of bone marrow donors to help save the thousands of lives affected by blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma every year. Since 2009 more than 1,100 individuals have been added to the National Bone Marrow Registry from the donor drives conducted at independent pharmacies across the country. The 2009 drive resulted in a match that saved a life!

Annual Donor Drive

Once you complete webinar training, planning material, promotional tools, and consumable supplies for donor screenings will be provided. If you are interested in conducting a donor drive at your pharmacy, email with your first and last name, pharmacy name, mailing address, and phone number. The annual drive is in November.

Welcome to the fight against blood cancers. Your pharmacy’s participation in this National Community Pharmacy Bone Marrow Donor Drive is a step in the right direction to increase the national bone marrow registry and ultimately, to save lives.
The need for blood marrow donors was brought to the attention of the NCPA Foundation through independent pharmacy owner David Wilcox from Fresno, California. David’s adopted son, Javier, was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2008 and has been searching for a bone marrow match ever since. But, because of his ethnicity, it has been difficult for Javier to find a match—there simply aren’t enough Hispanic donors. However, this treatment may be his only chance to beat the blood cancer.
Unfortunately, Javier’s story is not unique. Here are a few statistics:
  • An estimated 140,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2009 and will require treatment with bone marrow transplants.
  • More than 70 percent of these patients must rely on an unrelated donor to offer them this precious gift of life.
  • There is especially a need for ethnic donors. Their current odds of finding a match: Hispanics: less than 7 percent; Asians: less than 4-6 percent; Blacks and African Americans: 3-4 percent. Conversely, Caucasians have a 90-95 percent chance of finding a life-saving match. This discrepancy is solely due to the under-representation of minority groups on the national registry.
  • Children are the group most widely affected by leukemia and a blood marrow transplant may be their only hope for a second chance at life.
We’ve chosen the leader in bone marrow drives as a partner. DKMS is the largest and most experienced bone marrow donor drive center in the world—more than 17,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow.
We are grateful to bring the NCPA family together for this cause. Independent pharmacies have historically joined forces to tackle important issues that make a difference in our communities. With your help, we know that we can make a difference.
Thank you for your partnership.

Cancer Facts & Figures

This is an easy-reference sheet that displays the statistics and correlating urgent need for bone marrow donors. It is a great reference and educational tool for customers who are considering becoming a donor.

Poster (10 MB)

This 20” x 33” color poster is for display in your pharmacy and/or in key locations through your local community to publicize the event. You can print it at a local print-shop in its full size. Or, you can select “Fit to Printer Margins” under Page Scaling in your Print Options within Adobe Reader to print it as an “8.5 x 11” or 11” x 17”. Be sure to add your pharmacy name, address, and the dates of your bone marrow drive into the write-able fields of the pdf document.

B&W Newspaper Ad & Color Newspaper Ad

These 4" x 4” newspaper ads can be sent to your local newspaper and/or magazine publications to publicize the event. There is color and a black/white option available. Be sure to add your pharmacy name, address, phone number, and the dates of your bone marrow drive into the write-able fields of the pdf document.

Press Release

This press release can be updated with your pharmacy name information and any other details you would like to include and sent to your local media organizations.

Bag Stuffers

These were created to either insert into customer’s bags or staple on top of them. This is a great way to create customer awareness for the event in the weeks prior to the drive. There is a space on each form to add your pharmacy name, contact information, and dates of your bone marrow drive.

Bone Marrow Donor FAQ’s & Donation Myths vs. Facts

These documents provide answers to common donor questions. They are helpful resources for anyone who will help administer the drive to be well-equipped to answer questions, as well as for potential donors to review.

Donor Sign-up Sheet & Donor Online Sign-up Information

If a pharmacy’s donor screening supplies are depleted or if a donor is unable to attend your donor drive or if they are pressed for time, the following options are available:

  1. Use the Donor Sign-up Sheet to obtain donors’ contact information so that DKMS can mail them a Donor Screening Kit along with instructions, an enrollment form, and cheek swab test supplies.
  2. Use the Donor Online Sign-up Information document to direct donors to the DKMS website to sign up on-line at so that DKMS can mail them a Donor Screening Kit along with instructions, an enrollment form, and cheek swab test supplies.

Model Release for Photographs of Donor Drive Participants

The NCPA Foundation and NCPA welcome photographs of your donor drive participants and pharmacy staff for reproduction in future promotions, new items, and reports. Please send the media release pdf along with your photo(s) in an electronic jpg format to the NCPA Foundation at

Donor Screening Training Tools

Bone Marrow Donor Registration Training Powerpoint Presentation