Canadian Blood Services : One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network - Registration Event on Saturday June 22nd at Jane Finch Mall
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network of Canadian Blood Services is will be at Jane & Finch Mall on Saturday June 22 to register potential stem cell donors of African heritage.
Did you know there are 41 beloved mothers, fathers, aunts or uncles from the black community will not survive unless they receive a stem cell transplant.
Each is fighting leukemia, or another blood disorders in a local hospital with daily helpings of chemotherapy and radiation therapy and struggling to stay alive.
In order for these people to survive they will need a stem cell transplant and the best chance of finding a match comes from within a patient’s own ethnic group – which means more Black donors.
There are 41 patients that need you now.
With only 2500 potential donors from the Black community, that makes only 0.7% of the Canada’s network.
Right now there is a strong and urgent for more young male Black donors to register
Please register with OneMatch:
At Jane & Finch Mall
On Saturday June 22
From 12:00- 3:00
South End of the Mall
All it takes is a little bit of your time, a buccal / cheek swab and a willingness to donate to any patient in need
In just 5 minutes, you could change a life forever.
It could be you. You could be that match.
What is the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network?
Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is a program that:
recruits blood stem cell donors
conducts searches for patients who need a blood stem cell transplant
coordinates the collection and delivery when a match is found
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network has more than 344,000 volunteer donors registered to help any patient in need.
What about international registries?
OneMatch is a member of World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) – a network of accredited registries around the world. OneMatch is part of 67 registries and 47 cord blood banks that transmit their donor HLA typing results to Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW). As a result, when searching on behalf of Canadian patients, OneMatch has access to more than 20.6 million volunteer donors and more than 560,000 cord blood units from 47 cord banks in 31 countries. Similarly, other registries part of this network, have access to searching the OneMatch database. This is why our donors have the potential to help patients in Canada, and around the world.
What are blood stem cells?
Blood stem cells are unspecialized cells that can mature into red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which fight infection) or platelets (which help stop bleeding). They can be found in bone marrow, umbilical cords or freely circulating in blood. They treat a variety of illnesses including leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, inherited immune system and metabolic disorders, and Sickle-Cell disease. For many people, a stem cell transplant is the last and best hope of recovery. Note: Blood stem cells are not embryonic stem cells.
How does a stem cell transplant work?
Because bone marrow, blood or cord blood are sources of stem cells, all transplants are stem cell transplants. Depending on where the stem cells are taken from, they can be referred to as “bone marrow transplants” – from the bone marrow, “peripheral blood stem cell transplants” – from the blood flow, and “cord blood transplants” – from an umbilical cord.
Essentially – a patient’s diseased marrow/stem cells are replaced with the donor’s healthy stem cells. It works like this: the patient is given radiation and chemotherapy to destroy both of their diseased bone marrow/ stem cells and their immune system. This is necessary to prevent rejection of the donor’s cells. The donor’s stem cells are then collected and given intravenously to the patient.
How can someone register/donate?
We are looking for healthy individuals committed to helping any patient in need anywhere in the world. Research indicates that younger male donors are associated with better long term survival rates. The best chance of finding a match comes from the patient’s own ethnic group. Canada’s database consists of 75 per cent Caucasian and 25 per cent of ethnic origin; only one in five people are foreign born. For these reasons, OneMatch is making a concerted effort to recruit younger male donors and diversify the ethnic representation in the database.
To donate, register online at www.onematch.ca. We will send you a buccal swab kit with clear instructions and cotton swabs that you will use to swab the inside of your cheek (much like on TV’s CSI and Bones). You’ll send the sample back to us in the return envelope provided. We’ll enter your name into the database and contact you when a match is found.
What about diversity? Why is this important?
Every ethnicity has specific inherited Haplotypes and/or Alleles that differentiate members of that ethnic group from others and provide more opportunities for a successful match. This is why patients are most likely to find their donor from their own ethnic group. The OneMatch Network consists of 75 per cent Caucasian and 25 per cent of ethnic origin. To accurately reflect the changing face of Canada, we need more potential donors from diverse backgrounds such as Aboriginal Canadians, Chinese, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics.
Can I donate to a patient in my community?
OneMatch is supportive of community efforts to raise awareness about the need for donors and efforts to increase the size of our donor pool. However, as a national organization supporting roughly 1,000 Canadian patients in need of stem cells, our focus is on recruitment for all patients and not just for a specific patient.
It is important to note that when registering to join OneMatch, it means that the registrant must remain committed to helping any patient, anywhere in the world, anytime; this is the same commitment that allows us to access more than 20.6 million donors worldwide.
You cannot direct your donation for a very important reason. Joining OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network means you are committed to helping any patient, anywhere in the world. This is the same commitment that volunteer donors around the world have made. It is this commitment that allows us access to more than 20.6 million donors worldwide. Currently, more than half of the stem cell transplant patients in Canada rely on international donors.
A stem cell transplant can be used to treat a number of illnesses including: leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, inherited immune system and metabolic disorders, and blood diseases such as Sickle-Cell.
At any given time, roughly 1,000 Canadians are searching for an unrelated stem cell donor.
The best chance of finding a match comes from within a patient’s own ethnic group.
Canada’s database is 75 per cent Caucasian and 25 per cent ethnically diverse. OneMatch is making a concerted effort to engage younger male donors and widen the ethnic representation of the database.
When searching on behalf of Canadian patients, OneMatch has access to more than 20.6 million volunteer donors in 49 countries and more than 560,000 cord blood units from 47 banks in 31 counties.
Joining the network is a long term commitment; donors wait an average of seven years before a match is found.
Equally, right now patients undergoing transplant surgery are in immediate need of blood and blood products. We urge everyone to continue helping Canadian patients by donating blood regularly at a local blood donor clinic. Please go online at blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE to find out more on becoming a blood donor
Thanks to the hard work of our many community, corporate and media partners, more and more Canadians continue to register on OneMatch. In particular, this is due to greater awareness that an optimal – young, male and ethnically diverse – donor is more likely to help patients.
Less than 25 per cent of patients who need stem cell transplants will find a match in their family. Most people depend on an unrelated donor.
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network is a member of World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) and has an obligation to provide both Canadian Transplant Centers and international registries the best donor available – or, ‘optimal donor’ – for their patients.
The international transplant community has defined an ‘optimal donor’ as young (age 17-35), male and ethnically diverse.
Younger stem cells from male donors routinely offer patients a better post-transplant outcome by reducing post-transplant complications such as graft vs. host disease.
A recruitment strategy defined by a focus on young, diverse male donors will allow the Network to change the composition of the donor base to better reflect the needs of patients in Canada and around the world.
In 2011, 424 Canadians received unrelated stem cell transplants.
Approximately 335,000 Canadians have volunteered to donate stem cells.
The number of available donors can be affected by donor availability — for example, even if a match is found, the donor must be available (easy to locate) and eligible to give (e.g., in good health).
Patients can have difficulty finding a matching donor, depending on the complexity of the HLA typing they have inherited.