Mission


Our mission is to save lives by recruiting and providing matched unrelated donors for bone marrow or stem cell transplantation to all Armenian and non-Armenian patients worldwide who are suffering from leukemia and other life-threatening blood related illnesses. Due to the unique genetic make-up of Armenians, it is nearly impossible to find suitable matches among the existing international registries. Hence the importance of establishing a registry that would help facilitate recruiting and identifying matched unrelated bone marrow donors for ethnic Armenians.
Only 25% of patients inflicted with leukemia or other life-threatening blood disorders find donors within their families. The other 75% of patients’ lives depend on finding a perfectly matched unrelated donor.

Our Goals


Create and maintain the registry and data bank of information Armenian donors.
Increase the size of the registry
Coordinate and process patient search requests and provide marrow or stem cell matching services for potential bone marrow transplant recipients.
Raise funds to type all donor samples
Educate Armenian families worldwide
Expand into new countries with sizable Armenian communities


Executive Board

Bella Kocharian

Honorary Chairperson

Former First Lady, Republic of Armenia

Sevak Avagyan, MD

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Armenia

Sevak Avagyan, MD Director, ARS Mother & Child Maternity Center

Mark Geragos

Chairperson

Mark Geragos, Esq. Principal of Geragos & Geragos, APC

Frank Melkonian

Treasurer

Frank Melkonian President and CEO, Closet World

Board of Directors

Carolann Najarian, MD

Retired Internist, President Armenian Health Alliance Inc., past member Board of Visitors, Boston University School of Medicine

Michele Seyranian

  Chief Business Development Officer, Hospice of the Western Reserve