How Donations Work
When you join Pareto you take the first step towards being the cure for patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia.
How donated cells help patients
A healthy blood system is always making new blood-forming cells. These are necessary for survival. If the body begins making diseased cells or not enough healthy cells, a stem cell transplant may be the best treatment and only potential cure.
During transplant, the donor’s healthy blood-forming cells are put into the patient’s bloodstream. These donated cells move through the patient’s bloodstream and settle in the bones. This is where the donated cells will produce new blood-forming cells.
Each patient needs a donor who is a close HLA match. This is different than blood type. Since HLA is part of your unique DNA, every person who joins Pareto gives a patient the hope for a cure. You may never be identified as a match for someone, or you might be one of a number of potential matches. But you may also be the only member who can save a patient’s life. The most important thing you can do is stay committed and respond if contacted!