One Match Is Coming To Durham On June 25 2016 JOIN US
Why you should Donate Blood
Stem cell transplant cures children with sickle cell anemia, says Alberta hospital
7 girls, 2 boys cured in what lead doctor considers unprecedented treatment
With this amazing news Tamika Allen, left, was a perfect stem cell match to her sister Cardelia Fox, which allowed her to have a procedure curing her of sickle cell anemia. (CBC)
Once Allen found out she was a full match, she didn't think twice about helping her sister.
Without a family match, the transplant procedure is generally considered too risky to perform.
Quick Fact: Everyone has two genes that determine their blood type, it’s passed on from parents to children, just like eye color. O negative (O-) is the universal donor type, which means it can be transfused to anyone in need. That’s why it’s always in high demand — it’s used in emergency situations when there is no time to test a patient’s blood type.
People with AB+ blood are known as universal recipients, meaning they can receive blood from anyone. as cited by Canadian Blood Services.
You can also get involved in a critical life-saving initiative called One match. One match helps individuals that require Stem cell transplants, A variety of diseases and disorders are treated with stem cell transplants, including blood-related diseases such as leukemia, Sickle cell disease, aplastic anemia, and inherited immune system and metabolic disorders. One Match is an Initiative that is vital to helping save lives especially for those with Leukemia and as seen by the article above it can also cure Sickle cell providing that you have the right match. On June 25 2016 I will be heading the Health Pavillion at The Durham Caribbean Festival.
You may be eligible to join One Match if you are between 17 and 35 years old and meet certain health criteria. Because a person's best chance of finding a matching donor is within his or her own ethnic group, it is important that donors reflect Canada's ethnic diversity. It is also important for the future of OneMatch to attract young donors. However, there are some health problems that could make you ineligible which include: some heart conditions, cancer, blood diseases, insulin-dependent diabetes, and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B and C. There are also height and weight restrictions in place to protect both donors and recipients. People who do not meet the program's height and weight criteria may be at a higher risk when undergoing surgery. One match is done very simply by swabbing the inside of your cheeks and if you are a match you will be registered to be a donor by the Canadian Blood Services.