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Here are some quick facts about leukemia and young people:
- Leukemia kills more children each year than any other disease.
- Young people age 18-24 are the bone marrow donors needed most.
- Only 30% of patients needing a marrow transplant can find a match within their family. The rest rely on complete strangers.
- Currently, the likelihood of finding a matching donor is 66 to 93 percent, depending on race or ethnicity. Minority donors are most needed.
- Donating marrow isn’t as scary as it sounds — and there are 2 ways to give, one that’s much like giving blood but takes a bit longer.