Local Mother Needs a Life-saver
Community helps Canadian Blood Services celebrate Black History Month by registering new stem cell donors
For immediate release
FEBRUARY 23, 2014 [BRAMPTON, ON] – Dorothy is a devoted mother, a loving wife, an entrepreneur and volunteer who is fighting for her life and needs a stem cell donor to return to a healthy, happy life. To celebrate life this Black History Month, the Mississauga native has inspired the community to organize a swab event to help her and nearly 1000 other Canadians in need of stem cell transplants. Because of her African Canadian descent, Dorothy’s donor is likely to come from the African Canadian community; more diverse donors are needed to come forward.
On Sunday, February 23, Dorothy’s family and OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network are holding a swab event to register new stem cell donors.
“I need the help from my Jamaican and West Indian community. Young men are especially needed as donors,” says Dorothy. “I want to celebrate life this Black History Month. Those who come and register may help me or another patient in need live a healthy life.”
Event: In Honour of Dorothy OneMatch Swab Event
When: Sunday, February 23, 9am – 2pm
Where: Kennedy Road Tabernacle
141 Kennedy Road, Brampton
Dorothy was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August 2013. Doctors told her that a stem cell transplant was needed to help beat the illness. As no one in Dorothy’s family is a match, she and other patients like her, needs the generosity of someone in the African Canadian community to save her life.
“Stem cells from young and male donors are optimal for patients like Dorothy because they can have better post-transplant results and fewer chances of complications,” says OneMatch Donor Management Coordinator Hailu Mulatu. “Patients are most likely to find their matching donor with someone of similar ethnic background. This is why more ethnically diverse donors are needed to register with OneMatch.”
Dorothy is one of the 40 African Canadian patients waiting for a stem cell match from an unrelated donor. Of more than 329,000 Canadians currently registered on the network, 71 percent are Caucasian and only 29 percent are from Canada’s many diverse ethnic groups. African Canadian donors make up only 1 percent of all donors. There is an immediate need for more donors, especially young men ages 17-35 from various ethnic backgrounds.
OneMatch and Canadian Blood Services are encouraging young, healthy, ethnically diverse donors to register to help all patients in need. Blood donors are also needed to help patients. Their donations can be life-saving.
For more information on becoming a stem cell donor, please go to www.onematch.ca.
Please visit Canadian Blood Services online at www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment to donate in honour of Dorothy.
Coordinator, Donor Management
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network
Canadian Blood Services
Office: 416 313 4404
Cell: 416 200 5673