University of Calgary

OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network

February 28, 2011

Stem Cell and Marrow Transplant

The Multi-Faith Chaplains’ Centre and the Muslim Council of Calgary bring Canadian Blood Services One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network to the University of Calgary campus on March 2, 2011. The university, OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network are partnering to host a DNA swabbing drive on U of C’s campus, in the hopes of adding hundreds of new registrants to Canada’s stem cell registry.

While there are more than 269,000 Canadians currently registered on the OneMatch network, there are still close to 800 patients currently searching for a matching stem cell donor.

“There is a significant need for young people to join OneMatch, as research has shown that patients often respond best with younger stem cells. This is why university events are so important.” says Sue Smith, executive director, OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.

OneMatch also needs to increase the number of registrants from all types of ethnic backgrounds. Currently 82 percent of registrants are Caucasian and only 18 percent are from Canada’s many diverse ethnic groups.

To accurately reflect the changing face of Canada, more potential donors from diverse backgrounds such as the Persian community, Jewish community, Asians, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Blacks, Latin Americans, as well as Aboriginal Canadians are needed.

The Stem cell and marrow transplant event takes place Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the U of C’s Olympic Oval Foyer.

To register as a potential stem cell donor and to find out more about the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, visit www.onematch.ca and www.facebook.com/onematch.


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