The Current Situation
Meet the Patients
Thousands of patients around the world currently suffer from potentially life-threatening illnesses including blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma), aplastic anemia, immune dysfunctions, and genetic and metabolic disorders. For most of these patients, a stem cell transplant may be the last and best chance for survival.
Successful stem cell transplants require matching human leukocyte antigens (HLA) between patients and their donors, but matches are difficult to find. In these circumstances, the search for a donor who has these matching genetic markers must be done as quickly as possible because the window of time for receiving a life-saving transplant can be as short as 2 months or less. Unfortunately, the chances of finding a matching donor from a sibling within the same family are only 25%. This means that the majority of patients must rely on the generosity of strangers in the global stem cell registry to save their lives.
If you are between the ages of 17-35, please register with Canadian Blood Services to become a potential stem cell donor. You can BE THE ONE to save a life!
Be an Everyday Hero
Update: Chinese patients now have about a 20% chance of finding a matching stem cell donor due to recent recruitment efforts. We look forward to further increases in the future!