Why Does Ethnicity Matter?
A patient’s best chance of finding an unrelated stem cell donor is within his/her own ethnic group.
However, ethnically diverse donors like Chinese are greatly underrepresented in the global stem cell registry. Although Chinese make up 19% of the world population, only about 7% of the registered donors in the global stem cell registry are of Chinese origin. This makes it very difficult for Chinese patients to find a match.
Ethnic Composition of Donor Registrants in the Canadian Blood Services Database
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!