Eastern Maine Community College is working to improve those odds, by adding over one hundred people to the registry today.
It's often difficult for blood cancer patients to find a donor because they have to be a perfect ethnic match. Because of this, many patients may never find a donor.
"For every ten patients, only 4 find a match. That's the importance. To save the six that won't find a match," says volunteer Anna Hanchar.
EMCC student Allison Smart adds, "This is our second year doing it. We hope to continue doing it each year and hopefully as people become more aware of bone marrow donation they will participate and get on the registry."
Last year's drive at EMCC provided a match, with a donor helping to save a life this past November.