Welcome! Marrow Nation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the the Sunshine State. We are a dedicated group of volunteers who create Marrow Donor Registration Drives through the United States. If you would like help organizing a drive, please contact us.
The inspiration for our organization is our grandson, Pat Pedraja who, at 10 years old was diagnosed with leukemia (A.L.L.).
During his chemo treatments at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, FL., Pat became aware of child who died because she did not receive a matching marrow or stem cell transplant.
Pat then decided to drive around the US to sign up donors for the National 'Be The Match' Registry. He began his journey in 2007 with a goal to to enroll 2007 donors. The final results for the year were over 6,000 donors signed! To read Pat's story please visit his web site, www.drivingfordonors.com The best source of information about the 'Be The Match' registry, is at their website, www.marrow.org.
Police officers in Detroit enrolling on the 'Be The Match' Registry
Pat Pedraja - CNN Hero 2007
"Saving Lives with Donor Drives"
Tampa Bay Residents
During business hours on Monday through Friday, donors may walk -in and register at the St. Petersburg office of the 'Be The Match' Registry
10100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Please note: The office is located in the Florida Blood Services annex, a smaller building to the left of the main office.
Please make mention of Marrow Nation when you sign up.