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Got Blood?

This comes from a friend of mine who asked for help in spreading the word. If you’re able to join a registry, please do so. It’s quite simple to join, does not take much time, and could make a huge difference in another person’s life.

Hello Everyone,

My boyfriend has leukemia and has been through 2 rounds of chemotherapy in the last 3 years. He is currently in remission but the only hope for long term survival is a stem cell transplant, or what was called a bone marrow transplant.

There is no match in the family. We have searched for unrelated donors on international registries for months but so far there has not been a match yet. Using stem cells from a donor who is not a good match seriously increases the risk of fatal complications.

It is most likely that a match will be found in the same genetic group, so I’m making a special appeal to those of Ashkenaz ancestry. To be a donor, you just need to be between 17-60 (age requirement varies with country), be in general good health with no history of hepatitis, cancer, or HIV, and be willing to donate your stem cells to anyone. So even if you’ve been turned down for a blood donation before, you may still be eligible.

Please join a stem cell registry (most of them are linked internationally) – you could be giving someone life again. To join a registry, all you need to do is give a swab of saliva or a small blood sample. Joining is usually free (although some US registries may charge a processing fee.)

For further information

I apologise for the anonymity – he does not want to be known as “cancer boy”, but I will be very grateful for your help.

Thank you.
-v.

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One Response

  1. Hello,

    My name is Matthew and I am working on behalf of http://www.thankyourdonor.ca It’s a social media website that allows recipients of blood products to upload pictures and or video accompanied by a story about how receiving donated blood has saved their life. Stories like the one mentioned in this post illustrate the need for more people to donate. Please check out the site, and if anyone who reads this blog is interested in sharing their story it would be greatly appreciated.

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