Friday, January 26, 2007

Bone marrow donors needed

I’m pleased to post this request for bone marrow donors. A marrow or blood cell transplant is a potentially life-saving treatment for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood diseases. A transplant replaces a patient's unhealthy blood cells with healthy blood-forming cells from a volunteer donor. The three sources of blood-forming cells are marrow, blood-forming cells collected from the blood (called a PBSC donation) and umbilical cord blood. Merv.

"I am currently running an organ donation awareness group here at the University of Ottawa. As a part of our efforts, we would also like to raise awareness about bone marrow donation. There are hundreds of Canadians that need Bone Marrow Transplants to treat life threatening illnesses. Below is a link to information of how you can register to become a donor. The process is easy, you just need to read some information about what is required of the donor, register and you will be contacted shortly to have some blood taken so that your information will be available.

Please take the time to visit the Canadian Blood Services web site to see if you would like to be a Bone Marrow Donor, or send this on to friends and family to get the word out!

Canadian Blood Services

It takes about 20 minutes to join the registry, and then you will be required to go in to get some blood work done. The procedure can be pretty intimidating, but just remember, if you're matched to someone, you'll be saving their life. Only 30% of people who need bone marrow are matched to their family, that leaves a lot of very sick people who need unrelated donors.

Even if you don't think it's something for you, please pass the link along to friends and family to spread the word. Thanks everyone for your support and for your patience!

Gill Bayley”

“You Have the Power to Save Lives – Sign Your Donor Card & Tell Your Loved Ones of Your Decision”

Click Here to Obtain a Donor Card

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