Amended in Assembly May 9, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 172

Introduced by Assembly Member Hadley

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(Coauthor: Assembly Member Beth Gaines)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Beth Gaines, Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Arambula, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Grove, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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April 18, 2016

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 172—Relative to Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month.


ACR 172, as amended, Hadley. Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month.

This measure would designate the month of May 2016 as Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month.

Fiscal committee: no.

P2    1WHEREAS, Since 1987, when the United States Congress
2authorized the establishment of a national registry of volunteer
3bone marrow donors, the National Marrow Donor Program
4(NMDP), now publicly known as Be The Match, has facilitated
5more than 74,000 marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants;

7WHEREAS, Be The Match states that the number of transplants
8facilitated through the national Be The Match Registry is “only a
9fraction of the people who can benefit”; and

10WHEREAS, One of the leading hurdles cited in a report by the
11Government Accountability Office is locating a suitably matched,
12unrelated donor, a process that is often difficult, time-consuming,
13and costly; and

14WHEREAS, Seventy percent of patients do not have a donor
15in their family and rely upon the national registry to find a match;

17WHEREAS, California ranks number one in the nation for
18patients searching for a match; and

19WHEREAS, There is a need to enhance the understanding of
20the importance of bone marrow donation, and to encourage
21Californians to participate in bone marrow donation drives; and

22WHEREAS, The most prevalent problem with respect to bone
23marrow donation is the need for racially and ethnically diverse
24donors because of complex tissue types; and

25WHEREAS, Of the more than 13.5 million potential donors on
26the United States’ Be The Match Registry, 40 percent are donors
27from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds; and

28WHEREAS, There is a need to engage the public to increase
29diversity in the registry, with the goal of finding a matching donor
30for all patients to receive the transplant they need, when they need
31it; and

32WHEREAS, Be The Match operates the world’s largest and
33most diverse registry of potential bone marrow donors; and

34WHEREAS, The bone marrow registration process is simple;
35it only takes a few minutes and requires a cheek swab; now,
36therefore, be it

37Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
38thereof concurring,
That the Legislature designates the month of
39May 2016 as Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month; and be
40it further

P3    1Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
2of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.