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Become a Bone Marrow Donor - The HLA Registry

“Dedicated to the Recruitment of Voluntary Marrow

and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Donors”

From its inception, the mission of The HLA Registry has been to help patients with leukemia, aplastic anemia and other potentially fatal blood diseases in their searches to find unrelated, compatible donors.
Thanks to the combined efforts of The HLA Registry and many caring people, the registry is responsible for registering more than 200,000 potential donors in its data base and for more than 600 bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
Our Mission is to help miracles happen.
HISTORY OF THE HLA REGISTRY
The HLA Registry, founded as the HLA Registry Foundation, Inc. in 1986 by Elie Katz, Ph.D, D.Sc., began operation as a non-profit 501(c) (3) in June 1987. (The acronym ‘HLA’ stands for human leukocyte antigens, the genetic information encoded on white blood cells.) The mission of The HLA Registry is to assist patients with potentially fatal blood diseases in finding compatible, unrelated donors for life-saving bone marrow transplants, and to help patients and their families raise funds for HLA tissue-typing.
Headquartered in River Edge, New Jersey, with a satellite office in Windham, NH, The HLA Registry is one of the world’s leading independent bone marrow donor registries. It is also one of the largest donor registries of the congressionally sanctioned National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a network of 100 donor centers throughout the United States.
With more than 200,000 potential donors registered in its database, The HLA Registry has accounted for a significant percentage of the more than five million donors currently registered with the National Marrow Donor Program. The HLA Registry actively recruits donors from all over the United States and, in particular, from the northeastern region of the country.
The HLA Registry has helped hundreds of families with their searches for donors and has been responsible for successfully matching patients with donors resulting in more than 600 transplants since its establishment.
Community Blood Services Announces Merger (August 2002)
The HLA Registry merged with Community Blood Services in August 2002.
Founded in 1953, Community Blood Services is located at 970 Linwood Avenue West in Paramus, New Jersey. It provides blood and blood products to 37 hospitals in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties in New Jersey, as well as to hospitals in New York City and Orange and Rockland counties in New York.

According to Dr. Dennis Todd, president and CEO of Community Blood Services, there are clear benefits to the merger. “The existing information and technology and finance infrastructure of the blood center will be an immense benefit to The HLA Registry operation,” said Dr. Todd.

The collaboration with donor recruitment is particularly crucial, since the New York metropolitan area has been experiencing one of the longest blood shortages in its history.

A leader in transfusion medicine, Community Blood Services, a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and America’s Blood Centers (ABC), offers a wide array of innovative services, including the Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program, the Rare Blood Donor Registry, the Frozen Rare Blood Depository and the HLA Platelet Laboratory.

As a division of Community Blood Services, The HLA Registry will work closely with the blood center in the recruitment of both blood donors and bone marrow donors to help people battling life-threatening diseases.

Contact Us
The HLA Registry, Community Blood Services
800 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649
Fax: 201-265-2032
1-201-705-1799
Spanish 201-705-1639
800-336-3363