7,950 donors registered at Armenian bone marrow register

April 5 2004


GORIS, APRIL 5, ARMENPRESS: Armenian Bone Marrow Register
representatives are back from Lebanon where they have registered 450
donors. According to Executive Director of the register Sevak
Avagian, Catholicos Aram I was the first donor of bone marrow.
Currently there are 7,950 donors registered at the Armenian Bone
Marrow Register. This number is expected to considerably increase in
the course of this year. The first action is expected to be held in
Two transplantation operations were performed , one of which was
recently in Poland.
Armenians have a unique genetic structure of bone marrow.
Therefore, probability of finding matches for transplantation is
higher among Armenians. Transplantation is the last hope for survival
for people with blood diseases, most of who are children. The
probability of survival by transplantation is 40-50 per cent among
adults and 60-70 per cent among children.
The Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Charitable Trust was
founded in July 1998 in Armenia as a non-profit, non-sectarian,
non-governmental and independent organization. Its mission is to save
precious Armenian lives by creating a bone marrow donor registry
which, with the volunteer recruitment of Armenian donors worldwide,
will increase the pool of existing international donors and thus give
a chance of survival to patients with Leukemia or other blood related
diseases. Although Armenians are considered Caucasian, their unique
genetic make up makes it very hard for them to find matches for
The Trust’s honorary chairperson is the First Lady of the Republic
of Armenia, Dr. Bella Kocharian and the chairperson is Dr. Frieda
Jordan, a biochemist whose expertise is the establishment of bone
marrow registries.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS