Signing Up to Save a Life

Thursday, October 21, 2010

This isn't art related, but it is very important.

I just joined up with the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network. That means if I am a match with someone in need, I can donate stem cells to help them survive. I think that's pretty cool. It's a great program, I suggest checking it out!

http://www.blood.ca/centreapps/internet/uw_v502_mainengine.nsf/page/you_can_be_the_one_match_to_save_a_life

This quote is from the OneMatch website:

"How does OneMatch work?

OneMatch maintains a database of tissue typing results of all Canadian prospective donors. Whenever a patient requires a stem cell transplant, OneMatch is able to search this database to identify potential matching donors.

Because Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch is a member of an international network of registries, we can also search more than 11 million donors on over 50 registries in other countries. By agreeing to make their donor data available worldwide, international registries have significantly increased the odds of being able to find a matching donor for any patient, anywhere in the world. "

Here is another quote, explaining why more stem cell donors are important:

"Is there a matching donor for every patient who needs a stem cell transplant?

Even with millions of donors on registries worldwide, a perfect stem cell match isn't always available. Some patients have uncommon antigens that may be very difficult to match. In these instances, even with everyone's best efforts, it may be impossible to find a donor. It is for this reason that OneMatch is committed to building the diversity of the database by increasing the number of potential donors who possess unusual antigens."

OneMatch is easy to join, you can do so on the web site, and within 8-10 days you will be contacted on how to get a swab taken from your mouth, and then you will be in the database! Pretty easy-peasy! There are also other ways of signing up, explained on the website.

-Ashley

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1 comments

  1. I should have specified, it is 8-10 business days.

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